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4-Star Summer Hotel Deals With Breakfast & Dinner Included From €130pp With SuperValu Getaway Breaks

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From Dublin to Donegal, Cork to Kerry, I’ve got 15 SuperValu Getaway Breaks in July and August, with breakfast and dinner included.

Struggling to find hotel deals in Ireland in July or August? Would you like to have meals included in the cost? I’ve got you covered! I’ve teamed up with SuperValu Getaway Breaks to bring you two night stays in four-star hotels with breakfast and dinner included from just €130 per person! I also have two-night family breaks where breakfast and dinner is included for adults from €244. 

SuperValu Getaway Breaks are celebrating 22 years in business this year and are one of the market leaders when it comes to offering the best deals and discounts on hotels and holiday homes in Ireland. With up to 25% off hotel breaks, now is the time to book a last minute Summer Staycation. You don’t need to be a SuperValu shopper to book a break, and no points or stamps are needed either.

Most of these SuperValu Getaway Breaks are in 4-star hotels, many have leisure centres on-site, and all receive great reviews from previous guests. And that’s not all…

For a limited time they have given me an additional €20 off any 2-5 night Dinner B&B breaks by using my exclusive promo code TRAVELEXPERT at the check out.

I have listed 15 hotels below offering two nights stays with breakfast and dinner included. In most cases dinner is included on one evening, however there are some deals where dinner is included on both evenings! Note meals are included for adults only – children pay a nominal fee of €5 for breakfast and €9 for dinner. If you wish to stay longer, or are just looking for an overnight escape, there are many other options available on the SuperValu Getaway Breaks website.

 

SuperValu Getaway Breaks for Families or Couples / Singles 

 

4-Star The Rose Hotel & Spa, Kerry

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €180pp, 2 Ad & 2 Ch €420

Rose Hotel, Tralee - bar

Located close to Tralee town centre, with the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, the Rose Hotel offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy mountain views, walks and bike rides, or relax in the Serenity Spa and fully equipped gym onsite. One of Ireland’s largest indoor waterparks, Aquadome, and the Tralee Bay Wetlands are nearby, and Kerry is blessed with an abundance of fine beaches and scenic locations to choose from.Kerry holidays are available with SuperValu Getaway Breaks

The Rose Hotel is rated as excellent on TripAdvisor and is a Travellers Choice winner this year. This super deal is ideal for families or couples looking to explore Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. 

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4-Star Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cork

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €199pp, 2 Ad & 2 Ch €436

pool at Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cork

The highly rated Carrigaline Court Hotel is a great choice for families or couples looking to explore Cork’s stunning coastline and top attractions. Families will love its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park and Cork’s many beaches, while couples will enjoy exploring the foodie town of Kinsale and the many coastal drives available. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The hotel boasts a Leisure Centre with 20 metre pool and separate kids pool, as well as a sun terrace. The hotel receives super reviews on TripAdvisor from previous guests and is a Travellers Choice Winner this year. 

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4-Star Anner Hotel & Leisure Centre, Tipperary

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €130pp, 2 Ad & 2 Ch €300

SuperValu Getaway Breaks include breakfast and dinner

Another Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Winner, the elegant Anner Hotel boasts stunning gardens, delicious dining options, and a Leisure Centre with 18 metre swimming pool and children’s pool.

Cycle, kayak or simply walk the Suir Blueway, visit the colourful town of Cahir, or take the Vee Drive into Waterford. There are plenty of places to explore in Ireland’s hidden heartlands. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4-Star City North Hotel, Meath

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Ad & 2 Ch €279

Tayto Park

The City North Hotel is located just off the M1, and although may not have a scenic location, it is superb value for a family break in Ireland. It is located close to the Boyne Valley so is an ideal choice for exploring Meath’s top attractions. We enjoyed a recent visit to the Boyne Valley recently and loved exploring Newgrange and the many activities available on the Boyne River.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Families will also like its proximity Tayto Park and Funtasia, as well as its onsite facilities including an outdoor playground, fairy garden and football area. This hotel was a Travellers Choice award winner this year and receives great reviews on Tripadvisor

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3-Star Station House Hotel Letterkenny, Donegal

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €115pp, 2 Ad & 2 Ch €249

SuperValu Getaway Breaks in Ireland with dinner included

Located close to the town centre, within easy reach of Glenveagh National Park and many of Donegal’s superb beaches, the family-run Station House Hotel offers superb value to explore all that Donegal has to offer. We enjoyed a fabulous week in Donegal last month, and I can’t wait to go back.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Station House Hotel is a 3-star hotel, but don’t let that put you off. It is rated as Excellent on Tripadvisor and is a Travellers Choice award winner this year. And if you still need convincing, this super hotel includes a complimentary bottle of wine with your four-course meal!

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4-Star Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Ad & 2 Ch €244

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Atrium Bar

For families looking for a great value stay in the capital, the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is a good choice. Located just two minutes walk from the Luas station, it is just three stops from Dundrum Town Centre, and you can reach Dublin’s city centre in 20 minutes. It is also located near the motorway, making Wicklow’s top attractions easily accessible.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The hotel offers a choice of dining options including a newly refurbished Outdoor Terrace, as well as The Atrium and Brasserie Restaurants, and don’t miss Clayton’s famous Vitality Breakfast in the morning! 

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SuperValu Getaway Breaks for Couples / Singles or Groups

 

4-Star Hodson Bay Hotel, Westmeath

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 2 Nights:

2 Sharing from €190pp

Hodson Bay Hotel Leisure Centre

The Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. There are plenty of opportunities for water based activities, such as SUP, kayaking or boat rental. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it is just five minutes from Athlone town centre. This super deal includes dinner on both nights! 

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4- Star River Lee Hotel, Cork City

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 1 Night:

2 Sharing from €205pp

River Club at River Lee Hotel Cork

The New York vibes in the River Club Bar is enough for me to get my wallet out, and its floral riverside terrace, Meadow, looks gorgeous too. The River Lee Hotel is located in the heart of Cork City and is the perfect choice for a girly getaway, or for couples looking for a contemporary hotel with a vibrant social scene.

Bedrooms at River Lee Hotel, Cork

Guests have complimentary access to the hotel’s health and fitness club with 20 metre swimming pool. The spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a 55’’ HD LED TV with Chromecast technology.  This hotel is rated as Excellent on Tripadvisor, is a Travellers Choice award winner this year, and is arguably one of the best hotels in the city.

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4- Star Marlin Hotel, Dublin City

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 2 Nights:

2 Sharing from €169pp

Trendy Bar at Marlin Hotel, Dublin

If you are looking for great location in the capital, look no further than the newly opened Marlin Hotel. Located beside Grafton Street and St Stephens Green, the location couldn’t be better. Guests love its stylish bar and outdoor dining area too, and it is rated Excellent on Tripadvisor

Note: This deal includes a two course meal on BOTH nights, selected from the residents menu and is served in The Bar & Grill. 

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4-Star Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork 

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €145pp

Dining at Maldron Hotel South Mall is included with SuperValu Getaway Breaks

Located right in the heart of Cork city, this is a great choice for couples or singles looking to enjoy the shops and restaurants in the city, with the added bonus of being within easy reach of its coastal towns along The Wild Atlantic Way.

Kinsale, Cork

The hotel boasts a choice of dining options including a heated courtyard for outdoor dining, and the popular Grain and Grill Restaurant. The Maldron Hotel South Mall is also a Travellers Choice award winner and is rated as Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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4-Star Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Meath

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 1 Night:

2 Sharing from €135pp

Knightsbrook Hotel

This multi-award-winning resort hotel won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland at the 2019 Hotel Awards Ireland. It is situated in the scenic Boyne Valley yet only 35 minutes from Dublin. However, with an 18-hole championship golf Course and a leisure club on site, you may find it difficult to leave. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It is located close to Trim Castle and its gorgeous river walk, which we had the pleasure of visiting recently. It is also located  just five minutes drive from The Hill of Tara and Bective Abbey.

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4- Star Killarney Towers Hotel, Kerry

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 1 Night:

2 Sharing from €200pp

Pool at Killarney Towers Hotel

The Killarney Towers Hotel is located in the heart of Killarney town and boasts a Leisure Centre with pool and gym and the lively O’Donoghues Bar. There are plenty of top attractions in Killarney should you wish to take advantage of the lack of international tourists this year. Alternatively enjoy the Ring of Kerry Drive, take a spin to Dingle, or enjoy some of Kerry’s superb beaches.

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4-Star Clayton Hotel Limerick, Limerick 

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €150pp

Clayton Hotel Limerick

I’ve have shared offers for the Clayton Hotel Limerick on a few occasions, and I have had great feedback from my readers. This ship-shaped hotel boasts breathtaking views of the Shannon River and is Ireland’s tallest hotel. 

Cliffs of Moher

Ideal for a girly getaway or couples break, you will be treated to delicious food as well as complimentary access to their Leisure Centre with 12 metre swimming pool and gym. It is also ideally located to explore the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher is just over an hour’s drive away. 

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3-Star Royal Hotel & Merrill Leisure Club, Wicklow

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & Dinner on 2 Nights:

2 Sharing from €145pp

Pool at Royal Hotel Bray

The Royal Hotel and Merrill Leisure Club is located just a short walk from Bray and within easy access of Wicklow’s beautiful beaches and mountains. Guests have complimentary use of the Leisure Club, including its 14 metre swimming pool and gym. This deal includes dinner on BOTH nights in McGettigans Bar and Restaurant.

 
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4- Star Arbutus Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry

2 Night Stay with Breakfast & 1 Dinner:

2 Sharing from €190pp

Traditional rooms at Arbutus Hotel, Killarney

This traditional family-run hotel offers a warm welcome and constantly receives excellent reviews from guests on TripAdvisor. Located in the heart of Killarney town, it is just a few minutes walk from Killarney National Park.

With the Ring of Kerry, and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for couples looking for a relaxing stay in the Killarney, or for those looking to explore the Kingdom.
 
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How to book SuperValu Getaway Breaks:

Booking your SuperValu Getaway Break couldn’t be easier! Simply log on to SuperValuGetawayBreaks.com and select one of their hotel deals, or call their dedicated travel experts on 0818 22 00 88 who will find you the perfect break at the best possible price.

If booking online, remember to enter your Real Rewards fob number when you are adding your payment details, in order to claim Real Rewards points. However, if you are not Real Rewards member, you can still avail of SuperValu Getaway Breaks. And don’t forget to use my promo code TRAVELEXPERT for an additional €20 off Dinner B&B rates.

It is important to note that some facilities may not be operating to full capacity, and that pool and meals may need to be booked in advance. If your circumstances change, and you are unable to travel, you can change your booking dates to the same hotel free of charge, up to 48 hours prior to departure. If you decide to choose a different hotel, you can still change your booking, but this change will incur a transfer fee equivalent to the booking deposit and processing fee. 

Ts & Cs apply.

Book by 8th August 2021 and stay by 31st August 2021 to avail of €20 off your break. Applies on the entire break and not per night. Gift code will only be applicable to stays between 2- 5 nights that include dinner on at least one evening. Applies to all hotels on SuperValu Getaway Breaks product offering within Dinner B&B Breaks, clearly advertised on the website. All breaks are subject to availability. Use gift code TRAVELEXPERT at checkout to avail of this offer. Promo code cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and is only valid on new bookings. Gift code cannot be used to combine several hotels into a 2-5 night Dinner B&B break.

 

This post was sponsored by SuperValu Getaway Breaks. 

 

Sarah

 
Holidays in Ireland

Luxury Treehouses At Center Parcs Longford Forest Included In €80 Million Development

Treehouse Master Balcony

A proposed €80 million development will see 200 additional lodges including four luxury treehouses open at Center Parcs Longford Forest.

Center Parcs has announced its intention to submit a planning application to further develop its resort in County Longford. This new project will remain within the existing site and create 250 permanent jobs and a further 300 jobs during construction.  The plans will see the addition of 200 new lodges and four luxury treehouses at Center Parcs Longford Forest. 

treehouses at Center Parcs Longford Forest
 

 

 
We were fortunate to visit Center Parcs in 2019 and I can’t wait to return. The setting, superb facilities, and spacious lodges are the reason that the popular holiday resort has enjoyed average occupancy of 90% during peak periods, with more than 90% of guests rating their holiday as excellent or good. 

Read: The Ultimate Guide to Center Parcs Longford Forest

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These luxury Treehouses at Center Parcs Longford Forest will surely be highly sought after – just take a look at the image below! And with only four available, there will be a race to secure one as soon as the availability comes online. 
 

 

 
Each Treehouse will sleep up to eight people and comes complete with a games den, outdoor hot tub, private parking and a dedicated Treehouse Host for the duration of the break. 

treehouses at center parcs longford forest
 

 

 
The development also proposes to extend existing facilities, including restaurants, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa.  Site survey and design will now commence with a target date of the end of 2021 for the submission. It is likely that work will not commence on the site until 2023, and that Center Parcs Longford Forest will remain open throughout the project.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Center Parcs UK & Ireland’s CEO, Martin Dalby, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing our intention to invest further in Center Parcs Longford Forest. Despite a challenging year, we have great confidence in both our business and the Irish domestic tourism market, backed up by our extremely positive forward bookings for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.
 

 

 
“Since we opened, Irish families have really taken Center Parcs to their heart, and we are excited to bring more visitors to this beautiful part of the country and introduce the Center Parcs concept to even more families.

“This announcement is great news for County Longford, a significant investment which will generate more local jobs, opportunities for local suppliers, consultants and contractors and a significant boost for the local and regional economy.”

outdoor river rapids at Center Parcs Longford Forest

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD said: “This is fantastic news for Longford and for the Midlands. Center Parcs is a really valued employer in the area. I know the company has made a huge effort to work with the local community and I’m sure that will continue with this further expansion, which will see €80m-€85m invested, 250 permanent jobs created and a further 300 during construction. I wish the team the very best of luck and thank them for their continued commitment to Ireland.”
 

 

 
It looks like it will be some time before these luxury treehouses at Center Parcs Longford Forest are available to book, but as soon as they are launched, I will post all the details here! For holiday availability for 2021 or 2022 visit CenterParcs.ie.

 

Sarah

Holidays in Ireland

5 Family Activity Breaks Less Than An Hour From Dublin 

Boyne Valley activities.

From glamping to greenways, castles to cruises, I’ve got five family activity breaks close to Dublin for the perfect overnight adventure.

I’m pretty sure when you think of the Boyne Valley that Newgrange is the first thing that springs to mind – at least it was for me, until my eyes were opened recently. I was asked by Discover Boyne Valley to look at some family activity breaks that might be of interest to me, and I was amazed by the sheer volume and diversity of activities available.

I’m not just talking about cultural attractions – even though it would be remiss of me not to mention that the Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East. But there is much more to discover in the Boyne Valley than mythical landscapes and Ireland’s legendary UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Newgrange, Brú na Bóinne, Boyne Valley.
Brú na Bóinne

Did you know that Ireland has its very own Camino in the Boyne Valley, and that it is officially recognised and can be included in the 100km required to receive an official Compostela Pilgrims Certificate? – You can read more about this below.

It is also worth mentioning that Ireland’s longest greenway, the newly opened Royal Canal Greenway passes through the Boyne Valley too, a 130km walking and cycling amenity that stretches along the historic canal, with 22kms in Meath at Enfield, Longwood and Hill of Down.

family activity breaks in the Boyne Valley along the Royal Canal Greenway.
Royal Canal Greenway

The Boyne Valley is also home to some gorgeous beaches such as Baltray and Bettystown, and let’s not forget Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park is located here. I’m sure a visit to Tayto Park is a regular day out for many families in Dublin, but instead of visiting Tayto Park for a day, why not combine it with some of the other wonderful things to do in the Boyne Valley?

Zoo at Tayto Park
Tiger at Tayto Park

I’ve got boat trips, farm yard adventures, and forest trails, as well as cultural experiences and theme park thrills, all put together with hotel stays for the ultimate family activity breaks.

I have priced these family breaks in the Boyne Valley based on overnight stays during July or August for a family of four, but prices and availability can be checked for larger or smaller families by clicking on the links provided below. Note there may be restrictions in place so please check the latest facilities with hotels and attractions directly.

family activity breaks close to Dublin.

The hotels below have been chosen for close proximity to attractions, but if you prefer glamping to a hotel stay, or would like a hotel with a swimming pool or a games room, simply swap around the hotels and activities to suits your needs.  

 

1. A Knight to Remember: Kayaking & Trim Castle With Knightsbrook Hotel & Spa

The Boyne Blueway has over 35km of rivers to explore. You can enjoy rafting trips or family kayaking, passing through medieval abbeys, castles and bell-towers. Boyne Valley Activities have a wide range of guided and self-guided activities available, most with no experience required. Kids will love listening to stories of brave knights, while passing through walled towns and floating under stone bridges – this is Ireland’s Ancient East at its best. 

family water sports in the Boyne Valley.

Price kayak rental: €130 per family including paddles, helmets and buoyancy aids. See website for prices on other activities.

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Why not start your river adventure in the town of Trim and enjoy the 30-minute Trim Castle River Walk, which provides a glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. You can visit Trim Castle too, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe, which also happens to be the location for the movie Braveheart.  

Trim Castle

After an action packed day, what better than a relaxing stay at the Knightsbrook Hotel. This multi-award-winning hotel won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland, at the 2019 Hotel Awards. It boasts an 18-hole championship golf Course, four restaurants and a leisure club and spa onsite. A kids club usually operates during school holidays, as well as a games room, and some of the family rooms can accommodate up to five. 

The Knightsbrook Hotel is a great choice for family activity breaks as it has a swimming pool onsite.

Price: Overnight family break (2 adults & 2 children) with breakfast, and a 2-course evening meal, and full access to the leisure centre: from €199 

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2. Rollercoasters and Relaxation – Tayto Park With Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa

Tayto Park and Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa are two destinations that are worthy of a visit on their own, but combine the two and you have the holy grail of family activity breaks – one that both parents and children will love! Dunboyne Castle also offers two and three-night family activity breaks with meals included – this would allow you to enjoy some of the Boyne Valley’s other attractions, such as Trim Castle, Brú na Bóinne or the newly opened Royal Canal Greenway.

Tayto Park rollercoaster close to Dublin

Tayto Park is Ireland’s only theme park, and is one of the top things to do with kids in the Boyne Valley. If you haven’t already visited, now is your chance. There are attractions for all ages, including Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster, Cú Chulainn, and the Viking Voyage flume ride for thrill-seekers, as well as dedicated junior zone for younger guests.

Tayto Park theme park is located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland

There is also a fabulous zoo with a diverse collection of mammals, including big cats and farmyard animals. Children will love the World of Raptors display featuring birds of prey from around the globe, and depending on restrictions you also take the Tayto factory tour to see how Ireland’s favourite crisps are made.  

Price: All access day pass €35. Junior zone day pass €31. Under 3 have free entry only.

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After a long day out at Tayto Park what better than a relaxing evening at the 4-star Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. Set in 21 acres of gardens and woodlands, with fairy trails for children and a spa with outdoor hot tub for adults, it offers the best of both worlds. Family rooms are spacious with floor to ceiling windows, a HD TV with interactive entertainment system an tea and coffee making facilities. Interconnecting rooms are also available. 

Dunboyne Castle Spa.

Children receive a welcome pack on arrival, and movie nights, family afternoon tea and picnics can be arranged.  You won’t even have to leave the hotel for dinner, as the award-winning Ivy Restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening meal.

Price: Overnight stay (2 adults & 2 children under 12) with breakfast from €145. Two-night family activity breaks with breakfast and 3-course dinner on one evening: from €365

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3. Two-night Glamping, Boating and Camino Adventure 

Always wanted to try the Camino in Spain? Try the Boyne Valley Camino instead! This self-guided, 25km looped walk is ideal for active families who are looking for a challenge, as well as stunning scenery. This can be walked on one day or over a few days, the choice is yours.

Official Camino Passports (order in advance) can be used to collect beautiful stamps created by local artists en route, and if you continue the Camino in Galicia, from A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela (75km), you will complete the 100km required to receive an official Compostela Pilgrims Certificate. Download Boyne Valley Camino Map & Guide here. 

Boyne Valley Camino is a 25km looped walk in county Louth, Ireland.

If the Camino is a stretch too far for you or your children, Littlewood Forest is a great alternative. This gorgeous family-friendly walk dates back to the retreat of the glaciers from Ireland. The forest has diverse woodland areas with huge varieties of trees, fungi and plants – you may even spot the rarest of all orchids – the Broad-leaved Helleborines. You are also likely to encounter some red deer and maybe a rare Pine Marten – a small cat with a bushy tail that were almost extinct in Ireland. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Swap the walking boots for wellies this time, and enjoy an afternoon along the Boyne River. Paddle the route that Stone Age farmers travelled, in a traditional Irish currach – incidentally these are the same boats that were used in Game of Thrones series.

You will be accompanied by Ross, a legendary boat-builder and storyteller who will share insights into the making of Game of Thrones. He is brimming with stories and will also recount tales from the battlefield during the Battle of the Boyne. This fascinating tour combines outdoor activity, mythology and history into one magical family experience. 

 

Price: Family of four €79, or €99 for family of six, for a 90-minute tour.

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Complete this outdoors family adventure with a two-night stay at Rock Farm Slane – one of Ireland’s most popular glamping sites. Stay in one of the five yurts or two shepherd huts on their 150 acre farm along the the banks of the River Boyne. Children will love the chill out zone with iPad docking station, as well as the wood burning stove, clay pizza oven, and large communal fire pit. 

roasting marshmallows at Rock Farm Slane glamping site, close to Dublin.
Rock Farm Slane

If you fancy a dip, you can choose the private river access for wild swimming, or the outdoor hot tub for a more relaxing experience. Surrounded by a wild meadow and overlooking Slane Castle, it is a wonderful ecotourism destination that will give you a back to nature experience in the Boyne Valley.

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4. Ice Cream Adventure at Causey Farm & Girley Bog Eco Walk With Headfort Arms Hotel

Causey Farm is renowned for its family-friendly events at Halloween and Christmas time, but their Ice cream Adventure was also a great success last summer. Reopening in July and August, families will follow the trail, solving puzzles and playing games along the way, as well as meeting some of Causey’s farm animals. Of course an Ice Cream Adventure has to have ice cream too! 

 

Prices are €11 for adults and children, under 2 are free.

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Located just eight minutes from Causey Farm is the Girley Bog Eco Walk. This 5.6 km walk is ideal for children of all ages, where they will discover forest and raised bogland – a habitat that is becoming increasingly scarce in Ireland and the E.U. Watch out for a variety of animals, birds and plant life, and there are interpretive panels along the walk. Walking boots or wellies are recommended! 

Girley Bog Walk in the Boyne Valley

The family-run 4-star Headfort Arms hotel is located in the village of Kells, just 10 minutes drive from both Causey Farm and Girley Bog, and is an ideal choice for family activity breaks in the Boyne Valley. It has an award-winning restaurant, as well as its own Wood Fired pizza oven, so you have the choice of casual or fine dining. You will also find treatment rooms if you need some pampering. 

Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells.

Price: Overnight family stay (2 adults & 2 children) with breakfast from €149

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5. The Cultural Choice – Brú na Bóinne With Trim Castle Hotel

Brú na Bóinne is one of only three Unesco World Heritage sites we have in Ireland – Skellig Michael and the Giants Causeway are the other two. We should feel duty bound to visit. I mean, when we go abroad we visit the world’s top attractions, so why not do the same at home? 

Brú na Bóinne means ‘mansion’ of the Boyne and refers to the area within the bend of the River Boyne which contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes. 

Brú na Bóinne, Boyne Valley.

The new state of the art, immersive visitor centre transports visitors back 5000 years to the pinnacle of passage tomb building, when Brú na Bóinne contained some of the largest buildings in the world. In case you didn’t already know, Newgrange pre-dates the pyramids of Giza by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000 years!

Over three hundred decorated stones make up Knowth which represents the greatest concentration of Megalithic art in Western Europe. The lesser known Dowth makes up the third site, but you are unable to access its interior.

The visitor centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth – you can not gain entry to the monuments without visiting the centre first.  Tickets are limited so it is vital you book in advance. 

Prices: Family tours from €28 – €48 depending on whether you want to visit the interior of the Newgrange tomb or the exterior.

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To complete this cultural activity break why not pay a visit to Trim Castle? It is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe, and also happens to be the location where the movie Braveheart was filmed. After your visit make sure you take 30-minutes to enjoy the scenic Trim Castle River Walk too.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Price: Family admission to the castle: €13. No charge for river walk.

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Finish off your day with an overnight stay in the highly rated Trim Castle Hotel. With a choice of dining options and free access to the Aura Leisure Centre located just five minutes away, this four-star hotel is a super choice for family activity breaks close to Dublin. Some of the family rooms can also accommodate up to two adults and four children.

Rooftop lounge at Trim Castle Hotel.

 
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The Boyne Valley is a land of legends filled with round towers and ancient castles, but it is also full of family adventures that are waiting to be discovered. Book one of these family activity breaks this summer and go experience them – I might see you there!
 
This post was sponsored by DiscoverBoyneValley, but all views are as always, my own.

 

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Sarah
 
 
Travel

20 Holiday Homes Beside The Sea In Ireland – Available For Halloween Break

Achill holiday home beside the beach

Plan ahead, and secure one of these holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland for the Halloween break.

It seems we have found a new found love for Ireland’s beaches, so much so that holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland are like hens teeth in July and August! With that in mind, I have compiled a list of our most popular holiday homes that are available over the Halloween break – so you can secure your holiday home in plenty of time.

All properties are highly recommended from previous guests – so you should receive a warm welcome and great service. Most of the holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland are fully booked during the summer months, so if you fancy a staycation over the October mid term break, I suggest you book one now to avoid disappointment.
 

 

 
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1. Beachcombers Cottage, Killybegs, Donegal: €99 per night

Cottages beside the sea to rent in Donegal, Ireland

Beachcombers Cottage is a modern two-bedroom house located beside the fabulous Fintra Beach in Donegal. The fireplace and a modern 50-inch TV with Netflix, are perfect companions if you fancy cosy nights in, or the town of Killybegs is just 3km away if you want to venture out. If you like hiking, Ireland’s tallest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs, are just a 20 minute drive away.  

Read: The best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

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2. Ballinglanna, Four-Bedroom Home, West Cork: €105 per night

holiday homes beside the sea in West Cork, Ireland

This large holiday home beside the sea in Ireland is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac of holiday homes, with no passing traffic to block those stunning Atlantic views. The charming seaside town of Clonakilty is just 11km away, and with West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless. 

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3.  Seal Rock, Two-Bedroom Designer Stone Cottage, Co. Kerry: €275 per night

Seal Rock Cottage is a stunning holiday home beside the sea in Rossmore Island, Kerry. It is situated on an acre and is connected to the Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge.  
 

 

 
It is clear from the stylish decor and furnishings that the home was designed by a professional interior designer, but the exterior is impressive too. The landscaped gardens retain many of the natural features including a stream and mini-waterfalls, and there is an ocean-side terrace and private beach to enjoy. Note: children under 12 are not accepted.

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4. Shorehaven, 3-bedroom home, Quilty, Clare: €160 per night

Holiday homes beside the sea in Clare, Ireland

Located just 500 meters from the village of Quilty, and a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, this is a superb holiday home to explore the beaches and villages of Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. However, with views like this, you may not want to leave. 

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5.  Browns Cottage,  Annestown Beach, Waterford: €75 per night

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Browns cottage is located on the gorgeous Copper Coast in Waterford, a place I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago. With Annestown Beach just 200 metres away, and the Comeragh mountains and the Waterford Greenway close by, you will be spoilt for choice with the many great attractions in Waterford.

Read: Top 10 things to do in the Munster Vales

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6. On the beach in Enniscrone, Sligo: €240 per night

Gorgeous beach house in Sligo on Airbnb

This three-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the beach, and the sun sets right in front of the living room. Located in heart of Enniscrone, with direct access to the beach, this must be one of the most popular holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland. The house is very well equipped, with two bikes, a surf board, body boards, spades and buckets and a fishing rod are also supplied.

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7. Achill Atlantic House, Mayo: €140 per night

This holiday home beside the sea is one of the best Airbnb's in Ireland.You only have to look at the image above to see the unobstructed views that lay in store if you stay at the three-bedroom Achill Atlantic House in Mayo. You will also have private access to Cloughmore Beach, which is just 50 meters away, Achill’s Atlantic Drive is just five minutes walk from the house and you can find your own ‘catch of the day’ at the local harbour.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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8. Inch Beach, three-bedroom cottages, Kerry: €110 per night

beach cottage to rent in Kerry

Inch beach is arguably one of the best locations if you are looking for holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland. There are a selection of homes available, but I found two that are offer stunning views over this amazing beach and are just a short drive from Dingle town.  

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Beach View cottage has been newly refurbished and offers luxurious furnishings and a gorgeous outdoor dining area.

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9. The Coach House, Apartments with private sea access, Westport, Mayo: €160 per night

Airbnbs on Wild Atlantic Way in Westport.

This unique Coach House has two luxurious two bedroom apartments that can be rented together or separately. With panoramic views over Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, as well as private sea access, these are the holy grail of apartments on the Wild Atlantic Way.
 

 

 
The original stone coachhouse is beautifully furnished and both apartments can sleep up to six people. Guests have their own private access to the shore, and with an outhouse available for storage, it is an ideal choice if you wish to bring kayaks, SUP boards and wetsuits.

Read: 3 Beaches in Mayo you have to visit

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10. Restored Cottage with views of Skelligs, Kerry: €104 per night

holiday home beside the sea in Ireland to rent

This three-bedroom cottage is located in Ballinskelligs and offers stunning views of the Skellig Islands. With the Ring of Kerry and a choice of beaches close by, this is a super choice to explore the south west coast of Ireland.

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11. Water’s Edge, 3-bedroom Cottage, Clifden, Galway: €143 per night

This is one of the best airbnbs in Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way .

This spacious ocean-front cottage is beautifully situated with views to Omey Island to the west, and the Twelve Bens of Connemara to the east. It offers all the benefits of a peaceful location with amazing sunsets from its sun room, but also has the advantage of being just fifteen minutes from the vibrant town of Clifden, 

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12. Blue Stonecutters, One-Bedroom Cottage, Lahinch, Co. Clare: €140 per night

This delightful 100-year-old cottage has been beautifully restored, with many original features including beams, recessed windows and period furnishings. It boasts stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the villages of Doolin, Lahinch, and Liscannor villages are all close by.  
 

 

 
This is an Airbnb ‘Plus’ home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.

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13. Dugort Cliff Edge, 2-bedroom cottage, Mayo: €65 per night

A great value cottage by the beach on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Perched on the edge of a cliff, this two-bedroom cosy cottage overlooks the Blue Flag Dugort beach in Achill Island.  If you are looking for a seaside retreat in a traditional Irish cottage, I think I have found it.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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14. The Bridge House, Fanore, Clare: €197 per night

4-bedroom holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland to rent

There four-bedroom home is a super choice to explore Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. With stunning sea views, as well as the beach and the village of Fanore close by, this holiday home ticks all boxes. 

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15. 4-Star Seaside Cottage Near Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland: €104 per night

holiday home beside the sea in Northern Ireland

This stylish cottage is located directly across the road from Downhill Beach and offers sea views from both floors.  It is just 1km from Mussenden Temple, 2km from the famous Whiterocks Beach and the Causeway Coast’s top attractions are all close by.

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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16. Four-bedroom Home in Connemara, Galway: €125 per night

Large Airbnb in Connemara on the Wild Atlantic Way.

This large Airbnb on the Wild Atlantic Way is an old building that has been converted into a four-bedroom home, and offers a large garden, a wood burning stove and superb sea views. Located on the edge of Spiddal Village in Connemara, yet only 30 minutes from Galway city, it offers the best of both worlds. 

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17. Five-bedroom log cabin, Kinsale, Cork: €500 per night

Large holiday home in Ireland near the beach.

This five-bedroom log cabin offers superb sea views and is located just ten minutes drive from Kinsale. This holiday home beside the sea will house up to 11 guests, so it is ideal for an extended family or group of friends. There is a large garden, a balcony with views towards the Old Head of Kinsale, an office and a home gym.

There is a small beach at the end of the road which is ideal for canoeing, and there are plenty of sandy beaches a short drive away.

Read: 25 Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family holidays

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18. The Pier House, 2-bedroom cottage, Loop Head, Clare: €235 per night

Cottage in Loop Head Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Pier House is arguably ‘the nearest house to New York’,  so if are looking Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way, it doesn’t get much wilder than this! With its own beach, rock pools and a garden, it is an ideal house for families. There is a playground and pub / restaurant just 150 metres away, and it is located beside the harbour so a fishing trip is a must.
 

 

 
The lounge has panoramic views across the bay and the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere. Its eclectic design has ceilings resembling an upturned boat, floors with ancient slate flags, a high-pitched ceiling with fisherman lantern lights, and two vintage leather club chairs that look like the perfect place to relax.

Did I mention the garden is purposely left wild with meadow flowers? – This place is now going on my own wish list!

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19. Luxury detached home with sea-view, Dungarvan, Waterford: €285 per night

A large airbnb in waterford, Ireland, near the beach.

Dungarvan is an upmarket town with a great food scene, and this luxury detached house is a great place to stay if you want to explore it. Located beside Abbeyside Beach and just minutes from the Waterford Greenway, it offers the best of both worlds.
 

 

 
It is a large home complete with four bedrooms, two large sitting rooms and a library. The master bedroom has a large walk in wardrobe – you may not want to leave! 

Read: Top 10 things to do in the Munster Vales

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20. Award Winning Designed Home with Ocean Views, Enniscrone, Sligo: €470 per night

A luxury holiday home in Ireland near the sea, suitable for large families.

This modern award-winning four-bedroomed house offers stunning views of the Atlantic, with a road that leads down to a great sea swimming spot. It is just three minutes from Dromore West which has a pub, cafe and Chinese take-away, while the seaside town of Enniscrone and its stunning white sandy beach, are just 17 minutes away. 

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I hope this post on holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland will help you plan a group getaway soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual accommodation owners for clarification. 
 

 

 
These homes were researched on various websites and when you make a booking, you do so via the suppliers listed. Note some of the links above are affiliate links where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

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50 Hotels With Large Family Rooms In Ireland

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Struggling to find hotels with large family rooms in Ireland? I’ve hand-picked fifty Irish hotels that are family friendly and can accommodate families of five, six, and more in some cases.

Many hotels with family rooms only accommodate families of four, and if you are reading this post I am sure you are one of the many people who have more than two children, and are looking for hotels with large family rooms in Ireland.

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I have a separate post listing hotels with lodges in Ireland which are ideal for large families, but they can be difficult to secure in peak season, and they tend to be more expensive than hotel rooms. Many families are happy to share a hotel room – for some it might be to keep the cost down, while others like the comfort of having their children in the same room as them while they are away. 

Mother and daughter together in a large family room at the Intercontinental hotel.

I receive many requests from parents looking for hotels with large family rooms in Ireland, so I decided to collate a list of some of our most popular hotels below. I have hand-picked three to five-star hotels across many counties in Ireland and all are family friendly. Hopefully you will find something to suit you.
 

 

 
It is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. Kids clubs, fitness classes and health suites may be operating at reduced capacity or not at all, so if there is a facility that you are particularly interested in, it is best to check directly with the hotel. You may also need to speak to the hotel directly if adding a fold out bed in a room, these may not show online.

Most of these hotels with large family rooms in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

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3-Star Hotels with Large Family Rooms

 

1. The Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare 

Large family rooms at The Inn at Dromoland Hotel.

Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for day trips, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This is one of the best value hotels with large family rooms in Ireland. The spacious family rooms accommodate up to five.

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2. Westlodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Bantry, Co. Cork

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Mizen Head

Set in 30 acres of gardens, yet close to Bantry town, The Westlodge Hotel is a super choice for families wishing to explore West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. The leisure centre, games room and pitch and putt course are a big hit with families, and the deluxe family suites can accommodate a family of five. Suites have one room with a double bed and an adjoining room with two single beds and a pull out sofa bed.

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3. The Connacht Hotel, Co. Galway

Connacht Hotel has large family rooms.

The Connacht Hotel has been a firm favourite with families and groups for many years. Its close proximity to Galway city, superb leisure facilities and wide selection of room types, are just some of the reasons. Recently refurbished it now boasts family suites and bunk bed family rooms that can sleep up to five, as well as self-catering apartments.
 

 

 
Unlike most family hotels in Ireland, the kids club operates at weekends year round, and daily during school holidays, with indoor and outdoor activities are organised for children. 

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4. Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Co. Donegal

Family hotels on the wild atlantic way with large family rooms.

The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is located on the unspoilt Inishowen peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. Overlooking Lisfannon beach, with Buncranna on your doorstep, this is an ideal choice for families looking to explore Donegal and its stunning coastline.
 

 

 
It boasts a leisure centre with a 20 metre pool, kids pool, sauna and jacuzzi, and a Planet Active kids club that usually operates during school holidays and nightly movie shows. Extra large family rooms are available as well as interconnecting rooms – please contact hotel directly if not showing below.

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5. Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Enniscrone Beach.

Located in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park which is only a few minutes walk away, and there are family rooms as well as two and three bedroom apartments that can accommodate larger families.

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6. Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry

Killarney National Park.

The Hotel Killarney is well known for its family-friendly facilities. There is a swimming pool, sports hall and gym onsite, as well as a Friendly Fellows Kids Club with regular live shows, Crazy Cube Play Centre, and indoor soccer. There is a choice of dining options with nutritious kids menus and family suites are available for families of five. 

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7. Lough Allen Hotel, Co. Leitrim 

swimming pool at Lough Allen hotel.

The Lough Allen Hotel & Spa is located on the shores of Lough Allen, within walking distance of the pretty town of Drumshanbo, and close to Lough Key Forest Park. There is a swimming pool, spa and fully-equipped gym onsite, as well as plenty of outdoor activities available, including family walking trails, cycling, horse riding, kayaking and golf. 
 

 

 
Fitness classes and a kids club are usually in operation too, but check with hotel as restrictions may be in place. Family rooms can sleep up to five and there are interconnecting rooms and self catering apartments that sleep up to seven are also available.

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8. Claregalway Hotel, Co. Galway

swimming pool at Claregalway hotel.

Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre onsite, this is one of the best value family hotels in Galway. A kids club usually operates during school holidays and the restaurant has great family friendly meals. Family rooms vary in size and many sleep up to five.

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10. Treacys Hotel Spa & Leisure Centre, Co. Waterford 

swimming pool at Treacys hotel Waterford

Treacys Hotel is ideally located on the waterfront in Waterford city centre and within easy access to the Waterford Greenway, the Copper Coast and wide selection of beaches. There are two dining options as well as a beauty spa and Leisure Centre with gym, jacuzzi, sauna and a 20 metre swimming pool. A kids club usually runs during school holidays.
 
Family rooms can accommodate families of five and there are larger rooms with or without bunkbeds, as well as interconnecting rooms and apartments.

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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11. Maldron Hotel, Co. Wexford 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Maldron Hotel is a great value choice for a families looking to explore all that Wexford has to offer – there are so many things to do in Wexford with kids.
 
The hotel restaurant has a special young diners menu, and family activities usually run during school holidays. Guests have complimentary access to the leisure centre with its 20 metre swimming pool and kids pool, and there are two outdoor playgrounds and a mini-golf course onsite. Large family rooms cater for up to to adults and 3 children with interconnecting rooms also available.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids.

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12. Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare

Family bunk rooms in Treacys Hotel - one of the hotels in Clare that has large family rooms.

Located in the popular holiday town of Ennis, with a pool, kids club and choice of dining options, this is a great value family-friendly hotel. Family bunk brooms can accommodate families with three children.

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4-Star Hotels with Large Family Rooms

13. Amber Springs, Co. Wexford

Amber Springs has go karting and is one of the best family hotels in Ireland.

Amber Springs is without a doubt one of the best family hotels in Ireland and it is not difficult to see why. There are so many facilities to keep kids entertained, including Amber Park with go karting, mini golf, archery and the Amber Express train. If the weather is not in your favour, you don’t need to worry, there is a playzone with state-of-the-art jungle gym, a tween room with air hockey and foosball, and a VR room with gaming consoles. There is also an indoor pool and a cinema!
 

 

 
And if all of that wasn’t enough there is a birds of play display, reptile show, dancing games and lots more fun activities in the kids club. There is a wide selection of family rooms to choose from, including the Amber family den suite, which has two sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to four children.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids

Read: The best family hotels in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets

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14. Diamond Coast Hotel, Co. Sligo

The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best hotels with large family rooms on the wild atlantic way.

Located close one of Ireland’s best beaches, the Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are a host of water sports available and the family friendly hotel has a Kids Club that operates during school holidays, which is suitable for older kids and teens too. Although there isn’t a swimming pool onsite, the Water Point Aqua Park is close by and there are plenty of options for water sports on the beach.
 

 

 
The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the most popular hotels with large family rooms in Ireland – the rooms can sleep up to 8! They are equipped with two smart TVs with child friendly apps, a fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Read: Best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

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15. Lahinch Coast Hotel, Co. Clare

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With Lahinch beach located just a short stroll from the hotel, and a wide selection of activities on site, you will be spoilt for choice at the Lahinch Coast Hotel.  The Leisure Centre boasts a 17 metre pool, kids pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym and there is a kids club that operates during school holidays. 
 
The one and two-bedroom deluxe suites have a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and Nespresso machine, and sleep five or six respectively. 

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16. Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

best family hotels in Ireland - Hodson Bay Hotel has a waterpark nearby.

The Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it also has a Kids Adventure Club which includes cookery school, music & dance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts and lots more.
 

 

 
As well as superb facilities on site, the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide at Baysports waterpark is located close by. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and pedal boats are also available here, making the Hodson Bay Hotel one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland, especially during the summer months. Two-bedroom family suites can accommodate up to five, and interconnecting rooms are also available which can cater for families of eight.

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17. Actons, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Actons Hotel Kinsale has large family rooms

Kinsale’s landmark hotel, Actons, is an excellent place to stay according to TripAdvisor, and I second that! I love Actons’ home from home atmosphere, its choice of dining options, and its health and leisure club.

Family rooms can sleep up to five, but you need to call to confirm and the third child must be under 12. Rooms have tea and coffee making, a large flat-screen TV, and a fridge can be requested in advance.

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18. Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Co. Limerick

The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the hotels with large family rooms in Limerick.

The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland. With a mini pet farm, Woody’s Kid’s Club, Woodlands Fairy Trail, and a family toddler pool in the Leisure Centre, it has plenty to keep the kids entertained. I’m told the kids menus are pretty good too. 
 

 

 
As well as the host of onsite facilities, the opportunities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail and the Cliffs of Moher all close by. Family Rooms are ideal for families of up to two adults and three children, and interconnecting family rooms for larger families are also available.

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19. Hotel Westport, Co. Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Westport is located in the grounds of Westport House and just five minutes walk from the centre of Westport town.  With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick and a host of stunning beaches nearby, the location couldn’t be better.
 

 

 
Families love the leisure centre with 20 metre pool and kids splash pool, as well as the family-friendly menus available.  The complimentary ice-cream cart at 4pm is also another big hit. Family suites can accommodate up to five and interconnecting rooms are also available.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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20. Clayton Hotel Sligo, Co. Sligo

irish hotels with large family rooms at the clayton hotel sligo.

Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a 20 metre pool and a separate kids pool, and there is a playroom, games room, an 18-hole crazy golf course on site.
 

 

 
A kids club and kids disco usually operate during school holidays and a new multi-sensory room is also available for children with additional needs. Family suites will sleep two adults and three children and come with fridges and microwaves. Two-bedroom suites are also available. 

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21. Breaffy House Resort, Co. Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and both hotels have large family rooms that sleep up to six. There are also self catering lodges located at Breaffy Woods Hotel. 
 
Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. 

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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22. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford 

things to do in Wexford with kids - visit the National Heritage Centre.
National Heritage Centre, Wexford

The 4-star Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club  in Wexford is a firm favourite with families. The leisure club with separate kids pool, and the lively Alamo Steakhouse prove popular with guests, as well as its close proximity to Curacloe Beach, the National Heritage Centre and Wells House and Gardens.
 
Superior family rooms sleep up to sleep five comfortably, and will sleep six if you contact the hotel directly. They have a dividing wall with additional TVs and headsets for children – so you can watch individual movies. 

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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23. Delphi Adventure Resort Hotel, Co. Galway

Kayaking at Delphi Resort - one of the hotels in Galway with large family rooms

Delphi Resort is one of Ireland’s best known adventure resorts, so it is ideal for an active family holiday. You can take part in over 20 different outdoor adventure sports, with the added advantage of staying in a four-star hotel. Kayak the Killary Fjord, surf the Wild Atlantic Way, or brave the Zip’n’Trek aerial course.
 

 

 
There is a free morning kids club during school holidays and lots of family friendly activities available. The hotel also offers family package rates including meals and activities. The two-bedroom split-level suites can accommodate two adults and four children, however note that bedrooms do not have televisions. DVD players are available on request with accompanying TV for playing DVDs only.
 
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24. Newpark Hotel, Co. Kilkenny

family hotels in Ireland - Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has a pet farm.

The Newpark Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree! It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020 at Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards, the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that!
 

 

 
Children will love meeting the llamas, emus, rabbits and donkeys, and there are over 40 acres of parkland to explore. There is also a fairy trail, treetop zip line, sandpit with diggers, seasonal kids club including weekend evening sessions, and a swimming pool. Superior family rooms can sleep families of five and interconnecting rooms are also available. There is also a parenting room onsite, with microwave, fridge, steriliser and baby changing facilities.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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25. Talbot Hotel, Wexford

large family rooms at the Talbot Hotel Wexford.

The Talbot Hotel Wexford is located right in the heart of Wexford Town and boasts a fully equipped leisure centre and swimming pool. Family rooms are spacious and can accommodate families of five, and two and three bedroom apartments are also available in the Talbot Suites.

Read: 35 hotels in Ireland with lodges and apartments on site.

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26. Galway Bay, Co. Galway

Galway Bay hotel is located beside the beach.

Located in Salthill, overlooking the famous Galway Bay, this hotel has been voted as one of Europe’s Top 20 Resorts by the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast. You can choose to stay onsite and enjoy the Cuan Atlantic Beauty Spa, gym and 15-metre pool, or venture into Galway City which is only five minutes drive away. 

As well as spacious family rooms, there are two-bedroom family suites which sleep up to five and interconnecting rooms that can accommodate up to eight.

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27. Midlands Park Hotel, Co. Laois

swimming pool at the Midlands Park Hotel.

The Midlands Park Hotel is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has the added benefit of a leisure club with a 22 metre pool and a kids club onsite. There is a choice of dining options available, including Kelly’s Steakhouse which is a firm favourite with families. Family rooms can sleep up to 2 adults and 3 children under 10 years old.

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28. Vienna Woods Hotel, Co. Cork

hotel with large family rooms in Cork - vienna woods hotel.

The family-run Vienna Woods Hotel caters very well for families. Guest-rooms have a super king sized beds as well as three single beds, and a flat screen TV with Netflix. Milk and cookies can be delivered straight to your door to complete the movie night experience. There is an extensive Kid’s Menu served in Mabel’s Bistro, as well as a special kid’s Afternoon Tea dining experience.

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29. Shearwater Hotel, Co. Galway

swimming pool at the Shearwater Hotel Galway.

Recently refurbished, this popular Galway hotel boasts an elegant interior with a luxurious lobby, a 20-meter swimming pool, an awarding-winning spa, and a kids zone. Two-bedroom family suites sleep up to five.

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30. Trim Castle, Co. Meath

view of Trim Castle from the hotel balcony.

Overlooking Trim Castle, with a choice of dining options and free access to the Aura Leisure Centre located just five minutes away, this is a super choice for families looking for hotels with large family rooms close to family-friendly attractions. Tayto Park, Newgrange and Causey Farm are all close by, and family rooms can accommodate up to two adults and four children. 

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31. Ashdown Park Hotel, Co. Wexford

Ashdown Hotel Wexford's swimming pool.

Located in the pretty town of Gorey and close to Wexford’s beaches, this popular hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, and an impressive leisure centre with swimming pool, sauna and gym. A kids club usually operates daily throughout school holidays, for children aged 4- 12 years. Family rooms and comfort family rooms can accommodate up families of five.

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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32. Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton, Co. Cork

Garryvoe Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near the sea.

The beachfront Garryvoe Hotel is a firm favourite with families. There is a health club and swimming pool onsite, and the hotel is tastefully furnished in contemporary style, with sea views from all public areas. This is one of the few hotels with large family rooms that has a seaside location. Family rooms sleep up to five and interconnecting rooms are also available.
 
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33. Great Northern Hotel Bundoran, Co. Donegal 

The Great Northern Hotel in Donegal is located close to the beach.

The Great Northern Hotel is a four-star family run hotel that boasts its own 18 hole golf course, as well as a wellness and leisure centre. It also offers magnificent Atlantic Ocean views and exhilarating cliff walks. Family rooms differ in size but some can accommodate two adults and three children. 
 
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34. Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath

lobby of the Knightsbrook Hotel in Ireland.

This multi-award-winning resort hotel won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland, at the 2019 Hotel Awards Ireland. It is situated in the scenic Boyne Valley yet only 35 minutes from Dublin. However, with an 18-hole championship golf Course, four restaurants and a leisure club and spa on site, you may find it difficult to leave. 
 
There is also a kids club and games room on site and its close proximity to Newgrange and Tayto Park are sure to please families. Family rooms can accommodate families of five and there are also self catering cottages on the hotel grounds.

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35. Millpark Hotel, Co. Donegal

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for a family holiday in Ireland. There is a swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options. The hotel has large family rooms that can sleep up to six, and interconnecting rooms are also available. Please call the hotel directly if they are not showing below.

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36. Clonakilty Park Hotel, Co. Cork 

The Clonakilty Park Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland.

This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. There is an award-winning leisure centre, a play zone with separate teen area, and a Kids Kamp during school holidays. A three-screen cinema, outdoor playground, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and family friendly dining options are also located within the complex.

The hotel has large family rooms sleeping up to five, as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes.

Read: 35 hotels with lodges in Ireland

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37. Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork

swimming pool at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.

The Maritime Hotel is ideally located in one of my favourite parts of Ireland – West Cork. With Mizen Head, the Beara Peninsula and some fabulous beaches close by, it is a wonderful destination for a family holiday in Irleand. The hotel boasts a spa, state-of-the-art leisure centre and a choice of dining options.
 

 

 
Two bedroom family suites sleep two adults and four children and have a kitchenette with fridge and microwave, as well as a balcony with views over Bantry Bay.

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38. Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Pillo Hotel is one of the hotels with large family rooms near Tayto Park.

The Pillo Hotel is a great choice for a family getaway and it is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near Tayto Park. There is a 16 metre pool and a kids play room as well as a kids club with evening entertainment that usually runs during school holidays.

It is located just five minutes from Tayto Park, and Funtasia and the National Aquatic Centre are also within easy reach. The hotels’s large family rooms can accommodate two adults and four children.

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39. Glenview Hotel, Co. Wicklow

swimming pool at the Glenview Hotel, Wicklow

The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club is set on over 30 acres of woodlands and gardens and is a great choice for families looking to explore all that Wicklow has to offer. It is located just ten minutes drive from Powerscourt Waterfall and less than a half hour to Brittas Bay and Glendalough.
 

 

 
There is a beauty spa and a leisure club with an 18 metre swimming pool, gym, sauna and outdoor hot tub. Executive Family Rooms can cater for two adults and four children (under 12) and inter-connecting rooms are also available.

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40. Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley, Co. Dublin

Clayton Liffey Valley Hotel is one of the few dublin hotels with large family rooms and has a swimming pool.

Located beside the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, this family friendly hotel is ideally located to explore the capital, as is also handy if you like shopping! There is a leisure centre on site with a 20 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a state-of-the-art gym, and a choice of dining options available that families will love.
 
The large executive family suites can accommodate two adults and three children under 12, and are well equipped with a separate living area and a kitchenette.

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41. Yeats Country Hotel Spa & Leisure Club, Co. Sligo

swimming pool at the Yeats Country Hotel.

Located in Rosses Point and just five minutes walk to its Blue flag beach and the 18 hole golf links, the Yeats Country Hotel is a perfect location for an active holiday along the Wild Atlantic Way. Families love the leisure centre with its 18 metre swimming pool, kids pool and large jacuzzi. There is also a luxurious Eros Yon-ka Spa offering seaweed baths and a range of treatment options.

A kids club usually operates during school holidays and large family rooms are available that can accommodate two adults and four children.

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42. Hilton Belfast TemplePatrick Golf & Country Club, Co. Antrim 

the Hilton Belfast Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms in Northern Ireland.

Hilton Belfast Templepatrick is ideally located in a countryside setting, but is just 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre and the Causeway Coast. There is a golf course, pool, spa and gym available and a choice of dining options. Family deluxe rooms can accommodate two adults and four children – this is one of the few hotels with large family rooms in Northern Ireland.

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43. Roe Park Resort, Co. Derry

swimming pool at the Roe Park Resort.

The award-winning Roe Park Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular golf and spa resorts. It offers all the charm of a country house, with the modern conveniences of a top four-star hotel.
 
The Health Club has a swimming pool, kids pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium, and Derry city and the Causeway Coast are within easy reach. Family suites can accommodate two adults and four children and interconnecting rooms and self catering apartments are also available.
 
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44. Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan

swimming pool at the Slieve Russell Hotel.

The Slieve Russell Hotel is set in 300 acres, surrounded by lakes and a Championship golf-course, as well boasting a a 20-metre swimming pool, luxurious spa and a choice of family-friendly dining options. There is also a Kids Club onsite with a games room, tennis courts, adventure golf and a teen spa. 

Family rooms can cater for families of five and have tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Interconnecting rooms are also available.

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45. Treacys Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford 

Treacys hotels with large family rooms in Wexford

Located in the heart of Enniscorthy, less than an hour’s drive from South Dublin, Treaces is an ideal choice for a short family break. A Kids Club usually operates during school holidays and guests have complimentary use of The Waterfront Pool & Leisure Centre.
 

 

 
Most of the Treacys Hotels have large family rooms that sleep up to five, this particular hotel also offers interconnecting rooms which can sleep up to seven. Large flat-screen smart TVs with Netflix and tea / coffee making facilities are provided in all family rooms.

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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5-star hotels with large family rooms

46. Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 

Luxury hotels in Dublin with large family rooms - Intercontinental Hotel.

We had the pleasure of staying in the Intercontinental Hotel recently and loved the experience. The standard family rooms are extremely spacious, I’m told the most spacious of all five-star hotels in Dublin. However if your budget allows, upgrade to one of the executive suites which have a balcony and can easily accommodate a family of five.
 

 

 
You can choose to dine in the Lobby Bar or the elegant Seasons Restaurant, both of which have superb kids menus, that are very well priced. There is a health club with a 14 metre pool which children can also avail of, and if you fancy a stroll before dinner, Sandymount beach and Herbert Park are both close by. 

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47. Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork

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The 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is dramatically set on 220 acres, with a 17th century country manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. There is a wide selection of room types including two-bedroom suites, interconnecting rooms and self-catering lodges, some of which allow pets.

Read: 40 hotels in Ireland that allow dogs
 
Regardless of room type, families can enjoy full access to the resorts grounds, dining options, golf, health club, spa and kids club which runs during school holidays. Treasure Hunts, movie nights, children’s afternoon tea and garden games are also part of the family experience. 

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48. The Europe Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Europe Hotel is one of the luxury hotels in Killarney with large family rooms

When I asked on Instagram for your favourite luxury hotels in Ireland, The Europe Hotel was recommended many times. The outdoor terrace in the Brasserie Restaurant offers beautiful lake views, as does the fine dining Panorama Restaurant.
 
There are many room types to choose from, including Golfside Family Rooms and Lakeview Family Suites which have a master bedroom and a door through to an additional triple room.

Read: Ireland’s bucket list – unique stays and luxury hotels in Ireland

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49. Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Dromoland Castle one of the luxury hotels in Ireland.

Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. This luxurious five-star hotel is full of history, grandeur and romance – a royal stay is guaranteed. At check-in children are welcomed with their own crown or shield – letting them know that this is their castle too!

Rooms have junior bathrobes and slippers, board games and children’s movies. Family deluxe rooms have two queen beds but can accommodate up to five when an extra bed is added at a cost of €75.

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50. The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Dunloe Hotel, Killarney.

The Dunloe Hotel prides itself on its family friendly facilities, something that is often lacking in five-star hotels. As well as 64 acres to explore, there is a wonderful outdoor adventure playground on the hotel grounds. Families can also enjoy kayaking on the river that flows through the estate, as well as pony trekking, tennis and a kids club with movie nights that operates during summer holidays.
 

 

 
This luxury hotel has large family rooms that can accommodate two adults and three children, which consists of a double room with balcony and a separate room for children via an internal interconnecting door that can not be reached from the hotel corridor.

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I hope this post on Irish hotels with large family rooms will help you plan a staycation soon. If I have omitted some of your favourite hotels, please comment below and I will add them to the post. 

It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation, or a small deposit, incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 
 

 

 
Please note when you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

  

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More hotels with large family hotel rooms in Ireland – added from customer comments. I will continue to add more here, please contact me if I have left out any of your favourites.

Treacys Oakwood Hotel in Clare is located close to Bunratty Castle and within easy access of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way. The newly refurbished family rooms have a double bed and three single beds and can comfortably sleep a family of five. 

The Holyrood Hotel is located beside the beach in the resort town of Bundoran in Donegal. There is a leisure club and spa onsite and a kids club usually operates during school holidays. Family rooms can accommodate two adults and up to four children.
 

                  

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The Best Family Hotels in Ireland For All Tastes And Budgets

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Planning a family holiday in Ireland – I’ve got you covered. This post on family hotels in Ireland includes three, four and five-star hotels, across many counties in Ireland.

Whether you want an Airbnb on the Wild Atlantic Way, a luxury lodge on hotel grounds, or a short break in a family hotel, this post on the best family hotels in Ireland should have something to suit you. Almost all hotels listed have swimming pools, kids clubs or kids activities, and all are recommended for families on TripAdvisor. 

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However, it is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. With this in mind, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.

Most of these family hotels in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

3-Star Family Hotels in Ireland

The Connacht Hotel, Galway

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The Connacht Hotel has been a firm favourite with families and groups for many years. Its close proximity to Galway city, superb leisure facilities and wide selection of room types, are just some of the reasons. Recently refurbished it now boasts family rooms, bunk bed family rooms, suites and self-catering apartments.

Unlike most family hotels in Ireland, the kids club operates at weekends year round, and daily during school holidays, with indoor and outdoor activities are organised for children. 

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Quality Hotel Youghal, Cork

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The beachfront apartments and houses in the Quality Hotel Youghal are always popular with Irish holidaymakers. There are two-bedroomed apartments that sleep up to five, as well as holiday homes that sleep up to seven. They are very affordable and allow you enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, while enjoying the benefits of spacious self catering accommodation. With a gym, spa and swimming pool on site, you will be spoilt for choice.
 

 

 
Special events, a kids camp and movie shows are also available throughout school holidays. The resort has a range of dining options, including bar food, pizzas available for take-away, as well as the Capel Island Restaurant. Musical entertainment is also available in the Coast Bar.

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The Inn at Dromoland, Clare

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Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches  just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This is one of the best value family hotels in Ireland.

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Kenmare Bay & Resort Hotel, Kerry

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Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. Complete with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, kids club, summer camps, playground and kids’ play room, its not surprising that it is one of Kerry’s most popular family hotels. There is a dedicated Kids’ Corner in the restaurant with games and DVD’s, so you can enjoy a quiet meal while the kids play happily. 
 

 

 
Family rooms are particularly good value for such a prime location, but if you prefer something more spacious, holiday homes and luxury lodges are also available.

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Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal

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The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is located on the unspoilt Inishowen peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. Overlooking Lisfannon beach, with Buncranna on your doorstep, this is an ideal choice for families looking to explore Donegal and its stunning coastline.
 

 

 
It boasts a leisure centre with a 20 metre pool, kids pool, sauna and jacuzzi, and a Planet Active kids club that operates during school holidays, with nightly movie shows. Large family rooms are available as well as interconnecting rooms.

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4-Star Family Hotels in Ireland

 Amber Springs, Wexford

Amber Springs is one of the best family hotels in Ireland

Amber Springs is without a doubt one of the best family hotels in Ireland and it is not difficult to see why. There are so many facilities to keep kids entertained, including Amber Park with go karting, mini golf, archery and the Amber Express train. If the weather is not in your favour, you don’t need to worry, there is a playzone with state-of-the-art jungle gym, a tween room with air hockey and foosball, and a VR room with gaming consoles. There is also an indoor pool and a cinema!
 

 

 
And if all of that wasn’t enough there is a birds of play display, reptile show, dancing games and lots more fun activities in the kids club. There is a wide selection of family rooms to choose from, including the Amber family den suite, which has two sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to four children.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids.

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Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

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The 4-star Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it also has a Kids Adventure Club which includes cookery school, music & dance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts and lots more.
 

 

 
As well as superb facilities on site, the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide at Baysports waterpark is located close by. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and pedal boats are also available here, making the Hodson Bay Hotel one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland, especially during the summer months.

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Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Carlow

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Famous for its championship golf course and award-winning spa, Mount Wolseley is ideal for a family looking for luxury lodges with full access to all the hotel facilities, including its 20 metre swimming pool. 

Children are well looked after with a kiddies pool, zip line, soft play area, and a teen zone which is open until 11pm daily. There is also a kids club for children aged 4-12 during school holidays, a playground, tennis and basketball courts. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo

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Located close to one of Ireland’s best beaches, the Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are a host of water sports available and the family friendly hotel has a Kids Club that operates during school holidays, which is suitable for older kids and teens too. An added bonus is that Water Point Aqua Park is close by, with surfing, boat trips and pitch and putt also available.
 

 

 
The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the few hotels on this list that doesn’t have a swimming pool on site, but with a stunning beach on your doorstep, and a host of outdoor activities available, you won’t need it! It also has some of the largest family hotel rooms in Ireland – they can sleep up to 8!

Read: Best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Kerry

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Parknasilla is one of our most famous hotels and is also one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Its stunning location between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, as well as the superb on site facilities, ensure guests return year after year.
 

 

 
The two and three-bedroom lodges and villas are ideal for groups and families. Guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the award-winning spa, resort dining, indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, fairy trails, treasure trails, playground,  mini golf and small beach. Astro and seashore discovery walks are available as well as boat trips, sea kayaking, and a meet the owls experience with Ring of Kerry Falconry. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Clayton Hotel Sligo

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Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a 20 metre pool and a separate kids pool, and there is a playroom, games room, an 18-hole crazy golf course on site.
 

 

 
A kids club and kids disco operate during school holidays and a new multi-sensory room is also available for children with additional needs. Family suites will sleep two adults and three children and two-bedroom suites are also available. 

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Breaffy House Resort, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and there are large family rooms that sleep up to six. There are also self catering lodges located at Breaffy Woods Hotel. The two-bedroom residences have been newly refurbished to a four-star standard and sleep up to four people. We stayed here during the summer and loved them.
 

 

 
Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. 

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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Dingle Skellig, Kerry

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Dingle is always a good choice for a family holiday in Ireland and the Dingle Skellig Hotel caters very well for kids of all ages. The award-winning leisure club and pool is available for all guests, and there is a dedicated children’s pool with waterfall and bubble feature. There are gorgeous beaches nearby as well as Dingle’s popular Oceanworld Aquarium.

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Castlerosse Park Resort & Holiday Homes, Kerry

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in one of the Castlerosse two bedroomed cottages a few years ago and had a great family holiday experience. The cottages are extremely spacious and are located just 100 meters from the hotel. Guests of the cottages have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and kids club. 
 

 

 
The Castlerosse hotel overlooks its own 9 hole golf course, the Killarney Lakes and the Magillicuddy Reeks. They even have their own resident deer on the grounds. I really enjoyed the 2km walk through the National Park to Killarney town. There are plenty of dining options, including a pizza delivery service to your cottage.

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There is so much to see and do in Killarney including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens and Torc Waterfall. We travelled around the Ring of Kerry too – read what I got up to on my blog.

Read: My family holiday in Killarney

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Clifden Station House Apartments, Galway

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This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
 

 

 
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for family holiday in Ireland. All guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities, and children can enjoy the Railway Kids Club which operators during school holidays.

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Hotel Westport, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Westport is located in the grounds of Westport House and just five minutes walk from the centre of Westport town.  With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick and a host of stunning beaches nearby, the location couldn’t be better.
 
Families love the leisure centre with 20 metre pool and kids splash pool, as well as the family-friendly menus available. There is a choice of room options available including standard family rooms, premier family rooms, interconnecting rooms and luxury suites.

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Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Limerick

kids club at Woodlands House Hotel

The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland. With a mini pet farm, Woody’s Kid’s Club, Woodlands Fairy Trail, as well as a and a family toddler pool in the Leisure Centre, it has plenty to keep the kids entertained. I’m told the kids menus are pretty good too! 

As well as the host of onsite facilities, the opportunities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail and the Cliffs of Moher all close by.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are ideal for families of up to two adults and three children, and interconnecting family rooms for larger families are also available.

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Lahinch Coast Hotel & Suites, Clare

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With Lahinch beach located just a short stroll from the hotel, and a wide selection of activities on site, you will be spoilt for choice at the Lahinch Coast Hotel.  The Leisure Centre boasts a 17 metre pool, kids pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym and there is a kids club that operates during school holidays. 
 

 

 
The one and two-bedroom deluxe suites have a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and Nespresso machine, and sleep five or six respectively. 

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Clonakilty Park Hotel, Cork 

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This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. There is an award-winning leisure centre, a play zone with separate teen area, and a Kids Kamp during school holidays. A three-screen cinema, outdoor playground, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and family friendly dining options are also located within the complex.

The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes.

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Gleneagle River Apartments, Killarney 

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Located next to the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, and providing access to its Aquila Club leisure facilities and kids clubs, it is no surprise that the Gleneagle River apartments are one of Killarney’s most popular family apartments. These spacious two bedroom apartments offer all the advantages of self catering, with hotel facilities on your doorstep. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Delphi Adventure Resort Hotel, Galway

family hotels in Ireland - Delphi Resort

Delphi Resort is one of Ireland’s best known adventure resorts, so it is ideal for an active family holiday. You can take part in over 20 different outdoor adventure sports, with the added advantage of staying in a four-star hotel. Kayak the Killary Fjord, surf the Wild Atlantic Way, or brave the Zip’n’Trek aerial course.
 

 

 
There is a free morning kids club during school holidays and lots of family friendly activities available. The hotel also offers family package rates including meals and activities. There is a choice of room options including family rooms and suites. 

Surrounded by 200 acres of forest, Delphi Resort is also nature lovers paradise, and their thermal suite is the ideal place to heal any aches and pains at the end of the day. This is one of the best family hotels in Ireland for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Mulranny Park Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and also happens to be located on most scenic section of Great Western Greenway. You can swim in the Blue Flag Mulranny Beach, cycle on the Greenway, or take a trip to Achill and discover some of Ireland’s hidden beaches.
 

 

 
If you just want to stay at the hotel, thats fine too – the Mulranny Park Hotel has an indoor leisure centre and Great Fun Club which operates during summer holidays. As well as standard and deluxe rooms, its also boasts two-bedroom apartment suites which are very popular with families.

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Faithlegg Hotel & Apartments, Waterford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The stylish Faithlegg Hotel is an 18th century mansion, set in a woodland location overlooking the Suir estuary in County Waterford. Families love the Mews Holiday Homes as they offer access to all the facilities at the hotel’s leisure centre, including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, along with the option of health and beauty treatments.
 

 

 
The complimentary tennis courts and reduced Green Fees at Faithlegg’s 18-hole championship golf course are another reason to choose this popular hotel, as is its Bird of Prey experience and close proximity to Waterford city and the Waterford Greenway.

Read: Top Things to do in the Munster Vales

 
 

 

Castleknock Hotel, Dublin

dublin hotels with swimming pools - Castleknock Hotel

If you want to stay in Dublin, but want to feel like you are in the countryside, the Castleknock Hotel might be the choice for you. Set in lush grounds with an onsite golf course,  you may decide not to venture into the city centre at all.

Children will love the playground and swimming pool, and don’t miss the opportunity to pop into nearby Phoenix Park, the children would love meet the resident deer or visit Dublin Zoo.

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Kellys Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford

Kelly's Resort Hotel, Wexford - luxury family hotels in Ireland

Perched on five miles of sandy beach, with award winning cuisine and a host of activities for children, it is no surprise that Kelly’s Resort Hotel is considered one of best luxury family hotels in Ireland. Although officially only a four star hotel, the service and facilities on site deserve five stars.

There is non stop entertainment for both adults and children, with kids clubs, mini-golf and a multi-award winning spa, all on site. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, (many don’t), there are lots of things to do in Wexford with kids.

The food is superb, with an extensive buffet (probably one of the best I’ve seen) and an a la carte restaurant, where parents are encouraged to dine alone, while the kids enjoy the buffet with their new found friends. There is complimentary child minding from 7-9pm which allows for a romantic dinner for two, a rarity for parents with young children. 

Read: Is Kelly’s is the best family hotel in Ireland?
 

 

 

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

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The Newpark Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree! It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020 at Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards, the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that!
 

 

 
Children will love meeting the llamas, emus, rabbits and donkeys, and there are over 40 acres of parkland to explore. There is also a fairy trail, treetop zip line, sandpit with diggers, seasonal kids club including weekend evening sessions, and a swimming pool. There are dedicated family rooms and interconnecting suites which can sleep families of five. 

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Waterford Castle Lodges, Waterford

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We enjoyed a wonderful stay in the lodges at Waterford Castle a few years ago. They were designed by Paul Costello and are both stylish and spacious. As well as being able to enjoy the facilities of the Waterford Castle Hotel, our kids loved that we were on an island, and needed a boat to get to our hotel.
 

 

 
Despite no swimming pool on site, this unique 310-acre island resort deserves a place on this list of best family hotels in Ireland. There are many activities available including tennis and basketball courts, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and a junior golf camp that operates during the summer holidays.

There are also many nature walks throughout the island and plenty of opportunities to spot the resident deer and fairy doors.  Located in Waterford, a cycle on the Waterford Greenway will complete the ultimate family holiday experience.

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare

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I must confess I did not know about the Lakeside Hotel until this summer, despite it being one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre.
 

 

 
Children will love the leisure centre too, with swimming pool and 40 metre waterslide, as well as the complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime.

Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge.The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by. 

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5-star Family Hotels in Ireland

Castlemartyr Resort, Cork

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The 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is dramatically set on 220 acres, with a 17th century country manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. There is a wide selection of room types including two-bedroom suites, interconnecting rooms and two and three-bedroom self-catering lodges. Some of the two-bedroom lodges also allow pets.
 

 

 
Regardless of room type, families can enjoy full access to the resorts grounds, dining options, golf, health club, spa and kids club which runs during school holidays. Treasure Hunts, movie nights, children’s afternoon tea and garden games are also part of the family experience. 

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Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We enjoyed a wonderful overnight stay at Druids Glen a few years go. Its close proximity to Dublin makes it an ideal choice for a short break for Dubliners, or for anyone looking to explore Wicklow’s highlights. Glendalough, Powerscourt and Clara Lara fun park are close by, as are the beaches of Brittas Bay and Curracloe.
 

 

 
Druids Glen caters extremely well for families. The standard rooms have two double beds and come with small bathrobes and slippers for children. Interconnecting rooms are also available if you want more privacy or have older children.

The 6km walking trail has a fairy forest and the hotel provides picnic hampers (additional cost) for you to enjoy beside the brook. There is a playground and mini soccer pitch and extra activities available during school holidays including the Kids High Tea Club. Family swim times are available in the 18 metre indoor pool, and kids movies are shown twice daily.

Read: My review of Druids Glen Hotel & Resort

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Fota Island Resort, Cork

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One of our family favourites, we have visited Fota Island Resort on many occasions. We stayed in interconnecting hotel rooms on one occasion and one of the new three-bedroom Fushia lodges during a different visit. We loved both experiences but if your budget allows, I would opt for the lodges – they are superb. The children were able to play in the large back garden and we even had some resident rabbits join us each morning for breakfast.
 

 

 
The hotel has a large outdoor playground, an indoor pool and a kids playroom. There are also lots of kids clubs and golf camps for kids of all ages, during school holidays. The restaurant has supervised kids buffets followed by movie nights and quizzes, so parents can enjoy a date night if they wish. 

One of the advantages of staying in Fota Island Resort is its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park. My children loved seeing the kangaroos and lemurs roaming free, something they wouldn’t normally see in a traditional zoo. Fota Island Resort is also very close to Cobh where you can take the Titanic experience tour, or take the boat trip to spooky Spike Island, to explore the fortress that once held 2300 prisoners. 

 

Read: A VIP experience at Fota Wildlife Park

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Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

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Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest hotels and is one of the most popular luxury family hotels in Ireland. We stayed here recently and had a fantastic experience. The grounds, the facilities and the choice of dining options are superb. You can choose to stay in the Manor House, as we did, or the more modern Hunters Yard, which I’m told caters extremely well for families, and offers great value too.
 

 

 
I was surprised at the extensive children’s activities available in Mount Juliet. There is a large playground with a zip line, as well as a fairy trail located in the gardens. Extensive kids clubs operate during school holidays, (extra charge applies), so parents can enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment while the kids avail of the supervised activities. 
 

 

 
There are two kids clubs, one from age 5-12 and the other 12+. Activities range from archery, equestrian and meet the owls, to baking, golf, treasure hunts and arts and crafts. It is important to check activities in advance with Mount Juliet as some activities may change. There are also evening activities such as a talent show and movie nights, and children can dine with their new pals giving parents the opportunity to have a date night.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There is also a leisure centre and equestrian centre which we loved. I tried horse riding for the first time with my daughter Alex and it was fabulous! We trotted past the Manor House, through the woods and along side the golf course – it is an experience I would highly recommend. 

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh 

Luxury Family Hotels in Northern Ireland - Lough Erne Resort

This luxury hotel is situated on a 600 acre peninsula overlooking two championship golf courses and lower Lough Erne lake. The lodges are a huge attraction, with conical roofs that look straight out a fairytale.
 

 

 
The food at the hotel is superb and there are are lots of options to choose from, with a fine dining restaurant, a Loughside Bar and Grill, as well as some tasty bar food. The large indoor pool allows for family swims from 8am – 11am  and 4.30pm-530pm. There is also an unsupervised play room, Ernies Den, with table football, air hockey and lots more.  

 

There are some excellent walks around the hotel golf course with stunning views over the lakes. There are also more arduous walks close by, the famous Stairway to Heaven boardwalk at Culcaigh Mountain, being one of them. This is more suited to older children as it is a 15km round trip with 450 steps. A popular spot for social media enthusiasts, no doubt teenagers will enjoy taking selfies at the top!
 

 

 
Marble Arch Caves and Lough Navar Forest Park are also close by as well as Corralea activity centre. The town of Enniskillen is only 5 minutes drive from Lough Erne if you fancy a change of scene. Make sure you pop into Francos for some good food in family friendly surroundings.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

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Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 

Luxury family hotels in Dublin - Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

We had the pleasure of staying in the Intercontinental Hotel recently and loved the experience. The standard family rooms are extremely spacious, I’m told the most spacious of all five-star hotels in Dublin. However if your budget allows, upgrade to one of the executive suites which have a balcony and can easily accommodate a family of five.
 

 

 
You can choose to dine in the Lobby Bar or the elegant Seasons Restaurant, both of which have superb kids menus, that are very well priced. There is a health club with a 14 metre pool which children can also avail of, and if you fancy a stroll before dinner, Sandymount beach and Herbert Park are both close by. 

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Other options for family holidays in Ireland

 

Center Parcs Longford Forest, Longford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Although more a holiday resort than a hotel, Center Parcs Longford Forest is regarded as one of the best destinations for family holidays in Ireland. If you are looking for a unique family experience, with lots of activities on-site, then look no further. With over 100 activities for all the family including a subtropical swimming pool and a luxury spa, it really does tick all boxes for a family break in Ireland.

We visited during the summer time, and for their Winter Wonderland experience at Christmas time, and we loved it both times. 

The ultimate guide to Center Parcs

Winter wonderland at Center Parcs
 

 

 

Lusty Beg Island, Co. Fermanagh

family hotels in Northern Ireland - Lusty Beg Island

Lusty Beg Island is a 4-star 75 acre resort offering a relaxing self-catering stay in the heart of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. Lodges can accommodate up to six people, and are reached by a five-minute ferry ride. You have full use of the resorts swimming pool, spa, children’s playground and tennis courts. Off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery, canoeing and power boating are also available, as well as a delightful fairy trail.

The lodges are well equipped to enjoy cosy nights in, but if you want to venture out there is also a restaurant and bar available. This is also a pet-friendly resort.

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Airbnb options:

best airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

If you prefer to rent your own private house, I have posts on gorgeous Airbnbs near the beach, Airbnbs with swimming pools, as well as large homes for groups and extended families.

The best Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

20 Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way available in July & August

20 Airbnbs in Ireland with swimming pools

25 Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family holidays
 

 

 

Glamping Holidays:

Top Aiirbnb glamping sites in Ireland

Ireland has some fabulous glamping sites. I found many glamping pods, luxury bell tents, tree houses and even bubble domes. See more in these posts:

My top picks for glamping in Ireland

Top Airbnb glamping sites in Ireland
 

 

 
I hope this post on the best family hotels in Ireland will help you plan a family holiday in Ireland soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification.

I always recommend booking a hotel or home with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.

These hotels and homes were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

Sarah

 

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10 Last Minute Family Hotel Deals in Ireland – 3 Night Stays from €329

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Looking for a last minute getaway? These three-night family hotel deals in Ireland might do the trick.

 

 

I understand that good family hotel deals in Ireland are hard to come by in July and August, so I’ve done all the hard work for you! I searched the web and found 10 great family deals departing in August. All deals are based on a three-night stay for a family of four, but some hotel rooms will sleep up to five.

Dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates to suit your requirements. The links below are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

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It is important to note that some facilities may not be operating as usual during this time, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to facilities that may not suit you.  

 

 

1. Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Classic Room: €526

family hotel deals in Kilkenny

The Kilkenny Ormonde is practically a landmark in Kilkenny City, and is located just minutes away from the Medieval Mile. Its brasserie and lively bar attract locals as well as visitors, and it is the only city hotel in Kilkenny that has a leisure centre and spa. I’m just back from a fabulous few days in Kilkenny and found it a great city for a family staycation.

Read: Things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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2. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 2 bedroom Apartment: €833

 
Montenotte Hotel in Cork has self catering apartments on site
I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace, it is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. There are various room types available but this price is based on a 2 bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four. 

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3. Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin, Deluxe Family Room B&B: €329

family hotel deals in Dublin, Ireland

Ideally located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge has the advantage of being very close the city of Dublin without the corresponding crowds. Originally a 19th century Masonic School, it offers the perfect blend of tradition with contemporary decor, and is a great base to explore the capital with kids.
 

 

 

 

4. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick, Family Room: €384

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa has the advantage of being located on the borders of Limerick and Clare, so it is ideally situated if you want to explore Ireland’s scenic west coast. As well as a choice of dining options, it boasts a leisure centre, spa and even an outdoor hot tub! Kids will love the outdoor play area, swimming pool, and extensive grounds with a fairy garden.

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5. Parkavon Hotel Killarney, Family Room: €492

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Parkavon Hotel is ideally perfectly located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. It also boasts a leisure centre which should keep the kids happy. This is great value for a family stay in Killarney.

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6. Bayview Hotel, Killybegs, Donegal, Family Room B&B Sleeps 5, €447  

The popular Bayview Hotel is located in the pretty fishing town of Killybegs in Donegal. With the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is an ideal base to explore Donegal’s stunning coastline.

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7. Hotel Curracloe, Wexford, Quad Room B&B, €447 

Curracloe Beach

The Hotel Curracloe is a small hotel with just 29 rooms, and is located just minutes from the famous Curracloe Beach in County Wexford. Wexford Town is just a five minute drive away, and one of my favourite family attractions in Ireland,  The Irish National Heritage Park is also close by.

Read: 5 Things to do in Wexford with kids

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8. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway, Family Room, sleeps 5 B&B, €426  

best self catering breaks in Ireland

Located within walking distance of Galway City and with a kids club on site, this is a great choice for family staycation in Galway this summer. 

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9. Maldron Hotel, Wexford, Family Room €498

 
A family friendly hotel, the Maldron Hotel Wexford boasts an indoor pool, two outdoor playgrounds, a mini-golf course and family friendly activities during school holidays. It is also close to Wexford’s top attractions including the Irish National Heritage Park,  Johnstown Castle and Gardens, and Wexford’s beautiful beaches.
 
 

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10. Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Limerick, Family Room B&B €603

family breaks in ireland

Located in the pretty village  of Adare, this family owned, award winning hotel boasts three restaurants, a spa and leisure centre. With the Cliffs of Moher and Clare’s beaches just a short drive away, this is an ideal location to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

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I hope this post on family hotel deals in Ireland will help you get away this summer.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 

These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 
 
 

Like this post? You might like:

The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

Top picks for glamping in Ireland

20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland
 

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

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10 Family Breaks in Ireland, 2-Night Hotel Stays from €324 in August

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Still searching for family breaks in Ireland this summer? I’ve got 10 last minute deals to tempt you. 

Whether you want three, four or five-star hotels, this post has great family breaks in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets. All hotels listed are family friendly and all are recommended on TripAdvisor. I have priced these family breaks in Ireland for two-night stays in August, but dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below, and edit the dates to suit your requirements. 
 

 

 
It is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. With this in mind, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.

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Most of these family breaks in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel, Clare, Family Room: €496 

Cliffs of Moher

Located close to Bunratty Castle and within easy access of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great choice for families looking to explore Clare’s gorgeous coastline.

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2.  Brandon House Hotel, Wexford: Family Room €368

hotel deals in Wexford at the Brandon House Hotel

The Brandon House hotel boasts a large indoor pool as well as an Eco Spa. It is particularly popular with couples because of its leisure facilities, award-winning restaurant, and its location within walking distance of the town.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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3. Kilronan Holiday Homes, Roscommon: 3 bedroom House, €600

holiday homes in hotel grounds in Ireland.

 

These three-bedroom homes enjoy an enviable position on the grounds of Kilronan Castle Estate. The hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of grounds on the shores of Lough Meelagh. Guests have access to the hotel swimming pool, spa, and gym, and the houses receive great reviews from previous guests.

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4. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: €358 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 3-Star Parkavon Hotel is ideally perfectly located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. It also boasts a leisure centre which should keep the kids happy. This is great value for a family stay in Killarney.

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5. Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family room (5) €358

family hotel deals in Ireland in the Claregalway hotel

Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre and large family rooms, this is a great value choice for family breaks in Ireland. This super deal can accommodate a family of five.

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6. Clayton Hotel Limerick, Superior Family Room With River View: €404

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Boasting stunning river views over the Shannon, a leisure centre on site, and a choice of dining options, this is one of the most popular hotels in the Limerick. Located within walking distance of the city, and with the Wild Atlantic Way and numerous beaches close by, the possibilities for day trips are endless.

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7. Fitzpatrick Hotel, Dublin, Family Room: €350

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Overlooking Dublin Bay, I love the location of this hotel. I enjoy walking the family friendly Killiney Hill Walk regularly. Of course you can also take a short Dart ride to Dublin city, or simply relax and enjoy the pool – this great hotel is a great choice for a family break in the capital. 

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8. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway, €324

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

The Maldron Hotel is a family-friendly hotel located less than 15 minutes walk from Galway city. Children are treated like VIPs and have a separate check-in with a welcome gift on arrival, as well as child-friendly menus throughout the hotel. With Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for families looking to explore the surrounding area. 

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9. Bella Vista Hotel, Cork: Two Bedroom Apartment (5): €610

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bellavista Hotel offers beautiful views of Cork Harbour in the pretty town of Cobh. With a traditional Irish bar and a Chinese restaurant on site, and the popular Titanic Experience and Fota Wildlife close by, this is a great choice if you are looking to explore Cork’s top attractions and gorgeous coastline.

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10. 5-Star Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, Family Room: €875

Luxury hotels in Dublin with large family rooms - Intercontinental Hotel.

We had the pleasure of staying in the Intercontinental Hotel recently and loved the experience. The standard family rooms are extremely spacious, I’m told the most spacious of all five-star hotels in Dublin. However if your budget allows, upgrade to one of the executive suites which have a balcony and can easily accommodate a family of five.
 

 

 
You can choose to dine in the Lobby Bar or the elegant Seasons Restaurant, both of which have superb kids menus, that are very well priced. There is a health club with a 14 metre pool which children can also avail of, and if you fancy a stroll before dinner, Sandymount beach and Herbert Park are both close by. 

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I hope this post on family breaks in Ireland will help you plan a family holiday in Ireland this summer. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel or home with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 
 

 

 
These family breaks in Ireland were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

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Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs – Why You Should Visit & My Top Tips

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With 57,600 fairy lights, 90 Christmas trees and 3 tonnes of snow, you can imagine the excitement when we arrived to Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs Longford Forest. 

 

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ was on repeat on my Spotify playlist, and despite the fact that it was only the 8th of November, I was as excited as the kids! We were fortunate to be invited to Center Parcs Longford Forest for the opening in July, and after a fabulous few days we couldn’t wait to return. Temperatures in July were over 20 degrees. During Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs the average was only 4 degrees, but surprisingly that didn’t matter.

 

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The outdoor swimming pool reminded me of the Blue Lagoon – the combination of the hot pool (29.5 degrees) against the crisp cold air was invigorating. Cycling around the resort was just as enjoyable as it was during the summer time, once we were wrapped up with hats and gloves. Even the biodegradable snow suited the temperatures perfectly!
 
winter wonderland at center parcs
 
All we could see from 5pm was thousands of fairy lights lighting up the resort. The whole village was illuminated – it was an amazing sight. Garlands filled with twinkling lights lined the lake, and massive Christmas baubles beamed in the village. The Christmas tree at Santa’s Woodland Workshop is 10 meters tall and has 4,450 lights! The whole experience was magical and one that all of us throughly enjoyed. It was, to coin the phrase from Center Parcs – Epic Family Time. As I write my my 12 top tips for visiting Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs, I am already planning my next visit…

winter wonderland at center parcs
 

 


 

** Edit – Please note this review was written in December 2019. There may be restrictions to activities including the swimming pool due to Covid-19. Please check if there are any updates to activities with Center Parcs directly, before making a booking. 

1. If price is a factor, book a Woodland Lodge. 

All of the lodges in Center Parcs are modern, spacious and well equipped. We stayed in a Woodland Lodge during the Winter Wonderland experience and an Executive Lodge during the summer. I found very little difference between the two, especially if you are staying for a short break. The executive lodges have house-keeping services, TV’s in all rooms and all bedrooms are ensuite – but otherwise they are very similar. 

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2. Book a lodge close to the village centre

With rain being a common occurrence during Irish winters, I would recommend paying an additional €49 to stay in a lodge close to the village centre. Although we loved cycling, it is nice to walk to the village and the swimming pool if the rain is heavy – wet saddles are not very pleasant either! This is also a great solution for anyone who doesn’t want to rent bicycles.

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3. Enjoy a cosy night in

Pop down to the Parc Market when you arrive and pick up some supplies and some fire logs – you can buy three for €6. Treat yourself to dinner from the extensive Dining In menu and light the fire! We did this the night we arrived and it was a great success. We ordered four different types of cuisine: Pizza, Thai, Indian and Asian, and all meals were delivered to our lodge at the same time. The pizza was a big hit, and I loved the prawn rogan josh. Prices were reasonable too, you could even order a bottle of wine to your lodge for €13.95! Make sure you order early, as popular delivery times get booked out. 

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4. Book a Santa Visit

You need to book the Santa Experience separately. The cost is €18 per child and parents are free. Each child receives a gift and a free photograph afterwards. We thought this was great value. Envelopes will be left in your lodge, one for children to write their Santa letters, and another for parents to help keep the Christmas magic alive… There is a post box in Santa’s Woodland Village where the kids can post their letters before their visit.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Depending on the age of your children, try to book a Santa visit at night time. The Woodland trail is all lit up and it adds to the experience. If the night time slots happen to be booked out, don’t panic. Santa’s Woodland Village is lit up every night and you can walk through it anytime. The Santa visit lasts about 10 minutes, so if you are booking a restaurant, book the time for a half hour after your scheduled Santa visit.  

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5. Pre-book restaurants

I tried to book restaurants two-weeks in advance, and still only managed to get 9pm slots. You don’t have to pre-book the Sports Cafè, but it can be quite noisy and I didn’t think the food was as good there as it was in other restaurants. If you have young children it is vital you book restaurants in advance, especially if you want early sittings. The restaurants are extremely family friendly, with kids play areas and great kids menus.

There isn’t evening entertainment in the resort, with the exception of live music in Cara’s Restaurant every Saturday and Tuesday at 8.30pm. We booked Cara’s for Saturday night and really enjoyed listening to The Dixie Micks. The menu was limited, but the food was very tasty.

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We also enjoyed Bella Italia. We dined there twice and found the food great, and reasonably priced. There is a wide selection of pasta dishes, and not just the typical spaghetti bolognese. The Cacio e Pepe pasta: a mix of roast chicken, pancetta and pecorino cheese in a tasty wild garlic and black pepper sauce, is delicious. I had this during the summer too! I also love that they have a Piccolo kids menu for 3-6 year olds (€6.95) and a Grande kids menu for for 7-11 year olds, (€8.95).  I’ve been told that the Carbonara isn’t great so maybe avoid that! 

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6. Pre-book activities

Popular activities like the Aerial Adventure, where you Zipline across the lake at Center Parcs, get booked out very early. We did this during the summer and loved it – well it scared the hell out of myself and Cormac, but the kids loved it! Luke and Alex wanted to book it again but it was booked out throughout the weekend – I can’t say I was too disappointed…

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Festive activities like the Festive Pony Rides and Festive Chocolate Chefs (age 3-7) are particularly popular with younger children and also need to be booked in advance. You don’t need to pre book too many activities though, one or two activities should be ample on a short stay, as you will probably spend a lot of time in the pool.

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We really enjoyed the Festive Treasure Trail. It is a super family activity and one I would encourage all families to do. We were given a map with nine wooden markers to find around the forest. There were clues on each one and once we had all nine, we had to report back to the booking desk to collect our prize. We were competing against lots of different families and I was surprised how competitive we all were. However despite racing around the forest in just over an hour, we came 4th! It was a simple but very enjoyable family activity and a great way to explore the whole resort. Price is €5.50 for children under 12 and €6.50 for 12+years.

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Luke and Cormac loved the Laser Clay Shoot. It was Luke’s first time to try this and he was a natural. He not only came first place within the group, but he set a new record score for Center Parcs Longford Forest – he was delighted with himself. I have no doubt it was due to too much Fortnite, but it was a great achievement nonetheless! Price €27 per adult, €23 per child.

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Myself and Alex opted for the Festive Roller Skating. It is a handy indoor activity if the weather is bad. I didn’t find it particularly festive, but I was delighted that despite being 30 years since I has last on skates, I was able to keep up with Alex! Price €9.50 per person.

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See more info on activities and restaurants in my Ultimate Guide to Centre Parcs Longford Forest

 

7. Don’t miss the Light and Sound Show

The Winter Wonderland light and sound show takes place over the lake every Sunday and Wednesday evening during Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs. Unfortunately it was lashing rain during our visit, but nevertheless, the 9-minute animation was really impressive. There are animals, fish and even snowmen projected on to the water, with the North Pole and Santa Claus in the finale. It takes place right outside The Pancake House so it might be an idea to pop in for one of their delicious ice cream sundaes before it starts! I am told they have mulled wine and mince pies too.

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8. Check out the shops

I was really surprised by some of the prices in the shops. Luke picked up a Harry Potter Lego set in JustKids that was cheaper than Smyths. I bought a lovely Christmas decoration in The Store Room – it wasn’t particularly cheap, but was a lovely souvenir. You may not have considered it, but you may pick up some Christmas gifts in Center Parcs. Ask about the 10% off promotional evening – this is on twice per week.

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9. Come early and stay late

Although the official check-in time to your lodge is 3pm, you can access the resort from 10am. Similarly on the day you are leaving, you need to vacate your lodge by 10am, but are free to stay and enjoy the facilities as long as possible. We did the later and enjoyed a fabulous day at the pool…

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10. Spend your last day at the pool

We loved the subtropical swimming pool during the summer, but it was equally as good this time. We tried all the slides numerous times but our favourites were the Wild Water Rapids (need to be a competent swimmer), and Tropical Cyclone – a tube ride that we could all go on together, (minimum height 122 cm).

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Once you have checked out, you can leave your suitcases in your car, return your bikes and walk down to the pool. The pool is quieter on changeover days too. You can shower afterwards, dry your hair in the vanity room, and leave for home feeling refreshed. There is a cafe beside the swimming pool so you can even pick up lunch there. The chicken wraps and burgers were tasty – as fast food goes, it was pretty good. 

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There are large cabanas in the Subtropical Swimming Pool. These are equipped with TVs, towels and soft drinks. Priced from €50 for three hours, they can be a great help if you have a small child who needs a nap, and older children who want to stay at the pool. 

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11. Bring warm clothes and a back pack.

Remember just because you are on holidays, don’t forget you are in Ireland! Gloves and hats are a must if you are cycling, and don’t even think about wearing skirts on a bike…Most people tend to dress casually, even in restaurants. Backpacks are a Godsend for the pool and are easier than hand bags when cycling.

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12. Just book it!

If you haven’t already booked it – do it! Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs is an amazing family experience and one that all the family will love. If price is an issue, check out the prices for midweek (Monday – Friday) rather than weekend, (Friday – Monday).  Winter Wonderland short breaks start from €459 for a family of four in a 2 bedroom Woodland Lodge. Christmas and New Year short breaks are also available – you can dine in the resorts restaurants, or even cook a turkey in your own lodge! However if you are unable to go this year – all is not lost! You can book Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs for 2020 already. For availability and prices visit CenterParcs.ie

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** Edit – Please note this review was written in December 2019. There may be restrictions to activities including the swimming pool due to Covid-19. Please check if there are any updates to activities with Center Parcs directly, before making a booking. 
 
 
Note we were guests of Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs, but all views, as always, are my own. 
 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

Holidays in Ireland

Castles, Caves, Camping, Cycling…So Many Things to do in the Munster Vales

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We cycled, swam, foraged for seaweed and even went axe throwing! We explored castles, caves and a cottage – all while staying in a wonderful eco camp. With 96 attractions and 1,100km of walking trails, check out my top things to do in the Munster Vales.

 

With both of my parents from Tralee, I spent countless summer holidays in Kerry. My brother has been living in Cork for the past 30 years too, so between visits to Cork and Kerry, I reckon that I have driven through the Munster Vales over 200 times. I recall driving through Cahir and seeing Cahir Castle, but never stopping. Mitchelstown Cave was another marker for me – when we passed the sign I knew it would not be long until we reached our destination.
 

 

 
When Munster Vales asked me to spend a weekend enjoying some of its top attractions, I was delighted to see both Cahir Castle and Mitchelstown Cave on the list. The Munster Vales stretches over 1,100km through Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford and incorporates five different mountain ranges. It is also home to some of the top things to do in Ireland, as well as some hidden gems.  

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Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage: Cahir, Tipperary

Cahir Castle was our first stop and, contrary to what the song says, it is not a long long way to Tipperary – it is less than two hours from Dublin. Cahir is a delightful town. Located on the banks of the River Suir, with colourful streets, and the medieval Cahir Castle, it was a great start to our adventure in the Munster Vales.

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Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. Its location on a rocky island in the middle of the river adds an air of prosperity to the town. The castle fell into the hands of the Anglo-Norman Butler family in the 14th century and, despite many sieges, retains much of its original structure. There are some small exhibitions inside, as well as an audio-visual show, but it was the dining hall that impressed me the most. It is hard not to notice the 10,000-year-old giant elk antlers that grace the far wall as you enter the room. The windows are eye-catching too, and reflect the light beautifully. This medieval room holds traditional music sessions every Tuesday evening – a wonderful experience, I am sure.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 2km walkway from Cahir Castle to the Swiss Cottage is a delight in itself, and is the start of the Suir Blueway, a relatively new experience with over 56km of walking trails, 53km of paddling experiences and a 21km cycle route. Swiss Cottage was built in the early 1800s to a design by the famous architect John Nash (of Buckingham Palace fame). It has been beautifully restored and the short guided tour gives a wonderful insight into wealthy lifestyle at that time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nire Valley Eco Camp

We left Swiss Cottage for a short drive to the newly opened Nire Valley Eco Camp, our home for the next two nights. We were warmly greeted by Ruth, Paul and their rescue dog, Milo. As we walked through the meadow to get to our cabin, I knew immediately I was going to like it here. The views of the Comeragh Mountains were spectacular, and all five cabins had acres of space around them – it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Our cabin was beautifully furnished with a large comfortable bed and a bathroom with shower and toilet. The kids loved their beds on the mezzanine level. The first thing that struck me was the heat: the cabins were roasting inside. I was interested to learn about how these eco-cabins were built. All of the electricity comes from solar panels, and hot water for showers and heating in winter comes from a biogas gas boiler. Ruth and Paul chose specific locally sourced materials, not only because of their resistance to rot, but they didn’t need any paint or chemicals to preserve them.
 

 

 

 
Another thing that sets it apart from other glamping sites is the breakfast! Ruth arrived every morning with a large picnic basket full of delights. All the foods were locally sourced, with free-range eggs, delicious fruit and hot, freshly baked brown bread. On our second morning Ruth made fresh pancake mix for the kids – just because it was Sunday! We were able to sit outside and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning sunshine. It was wonderful – although unfortunately during the month of August the wasps wanted to join us for breakfast too!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nire Valley Eco Camp is located near the small town of Ballymacarbry. There are two pubs in the village, but not too many restaurant choices. We dined in the Galileo Cafe in Clonmel, a good family friendly restaurant with a BYOB policy. A little closer to the camp is Hanora’s Cottage. This is a traditional Irish Country House with a restaurant on site and is less than 10 minutes drive from Nire Valley Eco Camp. The room was homely and the food was hearty – they even served potatoes in their jackets! They were nice and floury, just as my Mum would make. They make their own breads, sauces, dressings, chutneys, jams and ice-creams on site, and grow a lot of their own produce. All other ingredients are locally sourced. The seafood chowder and seared Kilmore scallops with Inch House black pudding were both tasty starters, and although main courses were good too, the portion sizes are huge. 

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Nire Valley Eco Camp is ideally located for exploring the Munster Vales. It is only 30 minutes drive from Cahir and just over an hour to our next stop, Ballyhass Lakes in Cork.
 

 

 

Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow, Cork

We had a great time at Ballyhass Adventure Centre – the staff and the facilities are superb. After our nerve- wracking experience at Center Parcs, I don’t know how we managed to get back on another zipline. The staff at Ballyhass Adventure Centre were so encouraging and, well, basically gave us no choice! We had to take a zipline across the lake to try crate-stacking. This was a new activity to me, but was such good fun. Luke and Alex tried it first and then myself and Cormac followed. We had to pile crates on top of each other while tied to high ropes. The object is to try to stack as many crates as possible on top of each other without falling off. Needless to say we didn’t last too long, but we had great fun trying!

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We then spent a little time in the Aquapark, one of the most popular activities available. There are numerous inflatable slides and bouncing castles on the lake, and it is suitable for children age six and upwards. We had the best fun on the ringos though, another first for all of us. We had to hold on to inflatable rings while we were zipped across the surface of the water by a cable at speeds of 25km per hour! 

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There are over 20 different outdoor activities here, including wakeboarding, kayaking, raft building and high ropes. We also tried axe throwing – another first! I was surprised at how easy it was to hit the target, and it’s a great way to let off steam. Needless to say, this is not suitable for children.

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You can choose just to use the Aquapark, €20 per hour for adults and €15 for children, or choose various packages with multiple activities. Many require a minimum of eight people so it is best to check with the website before booking.

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Mitchelstown Cave, Tipperary

The first thing I learned about Mitchelstown Cave, is that they are actually in Tipperary – I always assumed it was in Cork! I was delighted I finally got a chance to visit this landmark that I had passed by so many times. One of Europe’s best showcaves, Mitchelstown Cave is really impressive. The short 30-minute guided tour makes it suitable to visit for both adults and children. Found accidentally by a farmer in 1833, the entrance to the Cave remains in the same spot and tickets are still purchased in the same farmhouse near the cave entrance.

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After descending 88 steep steps, we arrived into the first of three massive caverns. It reminded me of my school days: there were hundreds of stalagmites and stalactites, one of the few things I remembered from geography class! Concerts are held here throughout the year. The superb acoustics and the natural auditorium must ensure a unique experience.

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Dungarvan and The Waterford Greenway, Waterford

After a wonderful two nights in Nire Valley Eco camp, it was time to check-out and drive to our next destination in the Munster Vales, County Waterford. We took The Vee drive, a spectacular route that overlooks three counties, valleys and mountain ranges. Despite my constant requests to stop for photos, we still managed to arrive in Dungarvan in time for lunch.

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Dungarvan is the foodie capital of Waterford. We dined in 360 Cookhouse, which is located beside King John’s Castle and the WW1 Memorial Wall, in Dungarvan’s culinary quarter. It was the best meal we had throughout our stay. It is extremely family friendly. Mini Connect 4 and Dominoes are supplied at the table to discourage the use of mobiles, and they even allow pets! I would recommend 360 Cookhouse for couples and singles too. The food and service were excellent and the prices were reasonable. I loved the Castletownbere Dressed Crab and Cormac still talks about the Beetroot & Blackwater Gin Cured Salmon Gravalax – and they were just the starters! Our mains were tasty too, as was the Chocolate Crunchie Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Dungarvan is the finishing point of the Waterford Greenway. This walking and cycle track stretches for 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan, and I had wanted to cycle it since it opened in 2017. With two kids in tow, 46km wasn’t an option, so we drove to Durrow and opted for the 10km route back to Dungarvan. We rented our bikes from TheGreenwayman.com in Durrow. Garvan Cummins, the owner, is one of the original campaigners for the Waterford Greenway and also happens to offer some the best rates. Bike-hire is priced at just €15 per adult and €10 per child per day. Some of his competitors charge €25 per day.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Garvan kitted us out with the correct bikes and cycled with us on the start of our journey, pointing out some of the highlights on the route. This short route from Durrow to Dungarvan is often described as the most picturesque, and it wasn’t long before I could see why. We cycled along Clonea Strand, underneath the Ballyvoyle Tunnel and through a wonderful fairy trail. We also crossed the Ballyvoyle viaduct, which was blown up in 1922 during the civil war. Garvan encouraged us to cycle the opposite direction for about 1km to see the Durrow Viaduct too, as well as the ruins of the Durrow train station. We all really enjoyed our cycle, despite a sudden downpour towards the end. This part of the track is so easy to cycle, we practically glided for about 4km.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We arrived into Dungarvan feeling extremely satisfied and Garvan was there to meet us to bring us back to Durrow to pick up our car. This is a wonderful service and amazing value for money. 
 

 

 
After a short drive back to Dungarvan, we checked into The Park Hotel for our last night. Although only a 3-star hotel, its convenient location, combined with a leisure centre on site, make it a good option for a family stay. Dungarvan is a pretty town and one I wanted to explore, but we were all pretty tired after the preceding 48 hours, so decided to dine in our hotel that evening. We will have to come back and try some more of its world-class restaurants that I keep hearing about.

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Copper Coast Geopark

On our last morning we drove another one of Waterford’s scenic drives, the Copper Coast Drive. This stretches along the coast from Dungarvan to Tramore with stunning seascapes, beautiful beaches and over 460 million years of history. Once home to the biggest copper mining industry within the British Empire, this rugged coastline is home to the Copper Coast Geopark, which was declared a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004.

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We paid a visit to the visitor centre where the kids enjoyed interacting with the augmented reality sandbox – don’t worry I had no idea what it was either! Through the use of technology and software from MIT in Boston, as well as an XBOX 360, this sandbox shows the changes in the topography of the landscape over time. It is the only one of its kind in Ireland! I was fascinated to learn that this visitor centre is primarily a social enterprise – make sure you pay it a visit if you are near the area. 

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One of its volunteers, Bruce (originally from Sydney, Australia), brought us to the nearby beaches of Kilmurren and Bunmahon. We went foraging for seaweed and even learned how to use it to make sushi rolls. Bruce was so good with Luke and Alex. They searched rock pools and found crabs, sea anemones and learned all about the sea creatures that frequent our coastline. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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These tours can be booked on the Copper Coast Geopark website, along with surf lessons and sand art workshops. Don’t miss a visit to the nearby Tankardsown mines too, where you can see the old mine workings and get the best views of the Copper Coast.

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It was finally time to leave the Copper Coast and the Munster Vales behind. As we drove our short drive back to Dublin, I wondered why I never stopped at some of these places before. I started thinking about how many more of Ireland’s hidden gems have I, and many of us, passed by. Isn’t it time we all explored our home country? With 96 attractions, nine heritage sites and 1,100km of walking trails, the Munster Vales is a good place to start.

 

Thanks to Munster Vales for organising our trip. All views, as always, are my own.

 

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Christmas time at the Connacht Hotel, Galway

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We had the pleasure of spending an overnight in the Connacht Hotel in Galway recently. Our annual Santa visit took us to the Aillwee Cave this year so we decided to overnight in Galway the night before.

 

We set off on Saturday from Dublin and were there within 2 hours. The rooms were bright, modern and very spacious. Although we were only staying for one night, there was a separate living area with a kitchen which was ideal for a longer stay. WiFi is fast and free too! We dropped the bags, decided to have a quick wander around Galway and avail of the hotel’s facilities in the evening.

Connacht Hotel

The centre of Galway city is a 25 minute walk or €10 in a taxi so if you don’t fancy driving, it is easily accessible. Once you arrive in Eyre Square the lights are dazzling. Christmas market stalls are everywhere and the atmosphere is terrific. Many are happily shopping for Christmas decorations and gifts while others enjoy the hot food or mulled wine. We decided to do all of the above! The fun fair had some great rides including a large ferris wheel as well as some money making stalls like ‘ how to knock the elf off the shelf’. My kids were intrigued but despite watching for 15 minutes, not one person managed to do it! As the light fades the Christmas lights are even more impressive. Shop Street is pretty cool at any time of the year but at Christmas time it is magical.

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After a thoroughly enjoyable few hours we went back to the hotel for a ‘promised’ swim.   The swimming pool at the Connacht Hotel is fantastic. There are jacuzzis, swim lanes and ample room for adults and children to swim. Incidentally the hotel attracts many sports groups. The Treviso Rugby team were staying there when we were there, suffice to say it is very well equipped for sports enthusiasts. Not only is the 20 metre swimming pool impressive but they have fantastic fitness and exercise studios ( 40 classes each week) and a 24 hour gym.

Connacht Hotel

The family facilities at the Connacht Hotel are excellent. There is a wide selection of activities at various times during the day. From arts and crafts to talent shows, Wii games to movies, there is plenty to keep the kids happy. The Friendly Fellows kids club opens until 10pm and there was a movie on from 8 while we were there. It’s a great option for kids who don’t necessarily want games or arts and crafts, but just want to chill out and watch a movie. There is a play area for younger kids but parents need to be present.

Connacht Hotel

We dined in the hotel that evening and this was another welcome surprise. If you book a package including an evening meal, the menu is very extensive. Not a buffet in sight (my pet hate at dinner time!). Everything is included in the cost, with the exception of the 10oz sirlion steak which carries a €6 supplement. I went for the chicken curry while my husband had the beer battered cod and chips, both were really tasty. You can eat in the bar or restaurant and both have a great lively atmosphere. If you want a quiet romantic meal for two, go elsewhere! Live music started at 10pm but an Irish take on Garth Brooks wouldn’t be my choice, so we opted for an early night. Breakfast was excellent, lots of choice, pancakes to Irish pudding, we checked out quite content!

Connacht Hotel

The Connacht is a great choice for a family vacation at Christmas or any time. They have large family rooms and apartments on site, a host of activities for kids and a great family fun atmosphere. For prices and availability on the Connacht hotel click here.

 

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